When the Lions head to Lambeau Field for the NFC North championship game next week, they possibly won’t have veteran center Dominic Raiola.
Raiola is facing discipline in the wake of his stomp on the leg of Bears defensive lineman Ego Ferguson. That discipline could include a suspension.
“I want to emphasize that our number one goal and priority is protecting our players from unnecessary risk,” NFL executive V.P. of football operations Troy Vincent told PFT on Sunday afternoon. “Actions or techniques that may result in harm or injury are unacceptable. This will be reviewed and appropriate discipline will be applied to these actions and any potential playing rule violations.”
Vincent declined comment on potential discipline for Raiola. The player’s history will potentially work against him. Last month, Raiola was fined $10,000 for clubbing Patriots defensive tackle Zach Moore in the head. Raiola escaped discipline for firing into Moore’s knees during a kneel-down snap to end the game.
Some believe the stakes of the game will be a factor in any decision to suspend Raiola. Per a league source, that won’t matter.
Look for a decision to come by the middle of the week. Raiola then will have immediate appeal rights, if he’s indeed suspended for Sunday’s game.