Raiola could be facing a suspension after Sunday stomp

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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.

79 responses to “Raiola could be facing a suspension after Sunday stomp

  1. Kinda hard to believe the “our number one goal and priority is protecting our players from unnecessary risk” line when they schedule multiple teams to play 3 games in just 12-15 days every year.

  2. Guy is classless, if its not “they were running up the score so I was playing all four quarters”. Its an “accident”

    He will end up hurting his team with his stupid antics.

  3. Im gonna pay Raiola ten pizzas to stomp Rogers on his bad calf next week. Bank on that cry babies. And then next year, Swanson will be our Center and we dont have to watch Raiola ever again in a Detroit uniform.

  4. He will get fined and have a suspension.
    He will appeal and be allowed to play during the appeal
    unlike a certain RB who after being out for almost 1/2 the season was not allowed to play during his appeal.

    Bottom line Godell will do what ever he wants to do and make it up as he goes.

  5. How Ansah doesn’t get suspended for spearing Clausen’s bean with his helmet is beyond me too.

  6. Accidental and non malicious helmet to helmet hits often draw fines.

    Flat out dangerous cheap shots have to draw suspensions there’s no two ways about it.

  7. Im gonna pay Raiola ten pizzas to stomp Rogers on his bad calf next week. Bank on that cry babies. And then next year, Swanson will be our Center and we dont have to watch Raiola ever again in a Detroit uniform.

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    Is that the kind of crap you need to do to win? Must not have much of a team if that’s what you have to do.

  8. teal379 says:
    Dec 21, 2014 8:02 PM
    How Ansah doesn’t get suspended for spearing Clausen’s bean with his helmet is beyond me too.

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    He was coming in low before Claussen started to slide. He was caught in no mans land.

    What’s he supposed to do, not try and tackle him?

  9. Nothing as bad as that punk decastro on my Steelers. First or second play of the season, decastro clearly tries to take out a d linemans knee25 yards behind the play and ends up taking pouncey out for the season. I think it was against the titans. They should have cut that punk when the series was over. No I am not a fake Steelers fan, I hate pretend tough guys. Dom and decastro and incognito should go golfing together.

  10. Suh got a two game suspension when he did it to Evan Dietrich-Smith a couple years ago on Thanksgiving.

  11. How is incognito not on this team?

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    He is, but he is incognito.

  12. mazenblue says: Dec 21, 2014 7:49 PM

    Im gonna pay Raiola ten pizzas to stomp Rogers on his bad calf next week. Bank on that cry babies.
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    When is he going to have a chance to do that, genious? One teams’ center should never be on the playing field at the same time as the other teams’ QB. What a doofus.

  13. mazenblue says: Dec 21, 2014 7:49 PM

    Im gonna pay Raiola ten pizzas to stomp Rogers on his bad calf next week. Bank on that cry babies.
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    When is he going to have a chance to do that, genius? One teams’ center should never be on the playing field at the same time as the other teams’ QB. What a doofus.

  14. It looks like raiola’s explanation could be accurate. He comes down with more of a light step as he is crossing over the player. By no means is this a stomp.

    I still wonder why clausen was not penalized for removing his helmet after he got rocked.

  15. topcide says:
    Dec 21, 2014 8:20 PM
    teal379 says:
    Dec 21, 2014 8:02 PM
    How Ansah doesn’t get suspended for spearing Clausen’s bean with his helmet is beyond me too.

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    He was coming in low before Claussen started to slide. He was caught in no mans land.

    What’s he supposed to do, not try and tackle him?

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    I agree he was caught in No Mans land, but it is easier to avoid, if you look at what your trying to hit, instead of leading with the crown of the helmet. I think that is why Classen was so upset.

  16. For him to say it was an accident is ridiculous. He says “you all saw the play, purely accidental”. It shows that this tard just doesn’t get it.

  17. What Raiola did is much worse that any drug or steroid offense. If the NFL does not realize this – they are clueless about it as they were clueless about Ray Rice.

    What Raiola did goes against every grain of moral fiber in my being. He is pure pure trash and I have lost respect for the entire Detroit Lions organization and their coach Jim Caldwell for employing such a piece of trash of a human being.

  18. Of course Troy Vincent won’t comment on a suspension….. He told AP 2 games… And it’s been 5 now…

    Watch out Lions… Vincent might say 1 game, and you won’t see Raiola back til the end of 2015 with this bunch of goof balls running the NFL.

  19. What a selfish act by a moronic player. This sub par center needs to disappear for the sake of all us Lions fans…..

  20. If he gets suspended, the NFLPA will appeal for him. Then the NFLPA will complain that the owners are not doing enough to protect the players from injuries.

  21. Remember last year at Lambeau when Raiola got really nasty cussing out the Wisconsin Badgers band members for no reason. It would be Karma at it’s finest if he had to miss this years game there.

  22. There is no place for sh*t like that in the league. Y’all are playing a children’s game for ridiculous amounts of money.

    He should be fined and suspended througb the end of 2015.

  23. jcavalier70 says:
    Dec 21, 2014 9:23 PM
    What Raiola did is much worse that any drug or steroid offense. If the NFL does not realize this – they are clueless about it as they were clueless about Ray Rice.

    What Raiola did goes against every grain of moral fiber in my being. He is pure pure trash and I have lost respect for the entire Detroit Lions organization and their coach Jim Caldwell for employing such a piece of trash of a human being.
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    Overreact much?

  24. teal379 says:
    Dec 21, 2014 8:02 PM
    How Ansah doesn’t get suspended for spearing Clausen’s bean with his helmet is beyond me too.
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    Clausen slid late and Ansah caught him in the head, nothing Ansah could do about it, he was about to make a legal hit. Clausen shouldn’t have slid so late.

  25. jcavalier70 says:
    Dec 21, 2014 9:23 PM
    What Raiola did is much worse that any drug or steroid offense. If the NFL does not realize this – they are clueless about it as they were clueless about Ray Rice.

    What Raiola did goes against every grain of moral fiber in my being. He is pure pure trash and I have lost respect for the entire Detroit Lions organization and their coach Jim Caldwell for employing such a piece of trash of a human being.
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    I bet you felt the same about your Bears team last year when Jon Bostic speared Kris Durham injuring him. One of the cheapest hits I’ve seen.

  26. denverscott says: Dec 21, 2014 9:20 PM

    For him to say it was an accident is ridiculous. He says “you all saw the play, purely accidental”. It shows that this tard just doesn’t get it.
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    Full disclosure: I am a Lions fan.

    That being said, Raiola is an idiot that has been disciplined for 1) Flipping the double bird to home fans, 2) Abusing a chubby tuba player during a game (look it up, it’s true) 3) clubbing a guy earlier this season. He has been talked to about his behavior, and fined multiple times. This time he needs to sit, which I hope will end his career as a Lion.

    The “it was an accident” line almost worked. The initial replay only showed Dom from the shoulders down, and it looked like he was stumbling through the pile of bodies and landed on the ankle. But when they got a different angle on it, he was clearly looking down and knew where his foot was going. I would stop short of calling it a stomp, but he could have avoided that, and with his track record, he should get a game or two off.

  27. icebowler says:
    Dec 21, 2014 9:55 PM
    Remember last year at Lambeau when Raiola got really nasty cussing out the Wisconsin Badgers band members for no reason. It would be Karma at it’s finest if he had to miss this years game there.
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    Wasn’t it proven that the Wisconsin Band was taunting him and he responded, and the band member then went and cried about it? Isn’t that the same Wisconsin Band that was suspended recently for inappropriate behavior?

  28. teal379 says:
    Dec 21, 2014 8:02 PM
    How Ansah doesn’t get suspended for spearing Clausen’s bean with his helmet is beyond me too.
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    Prior to today, Ansah’s had a total of two penalties this whole year – both offsides…Not exactly the make-up of a serial killer. Did you even see the entire play, Mrs Claussen?

  29. rlpft says:
    Dec 21, 2014 10:31 PM
    teal379 says:
    Dec 21, 2014 8:02 PM
    How Ansah doesn’t get suspended for spearing Clausen’s bean with his helmet is beyond me too.
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    Clausen slid late and Ansah caught him in the head, nothing Ansah could do about it, he was about to make a legal hit. Clausen shouldn’t have slid so late.
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    I still don’t think that means you can lead with the crown of your helmet…. that is a good way to get people hurt including yourself.

  30. Umm the Clausen hit was not incidental, he lead with his head on a sliding QB. Top of crown to his head, not face mask, not part shoulder part helmet, but straight on spear with crown. He’ll get fined for it, but that type of hit needs to go away. Not sure how, but for all players it needs to go away. It will kill someone again if it doesn’t.

  31. Put him on the exempt list if he appeals and do NOT count games missed as time served. Let’s be consistent NFL! ***sad that I’m only half joking

  32. shaggytoodle says:
    Dec 21, 2014 10:56 PM
    rlpft says:
    Dec 21, 2014 10:31 PM
    teal379 says:
    Dec 21, 2014 8:02 PM
    How Ansah doesn’t get suspended for spearing Clausen’s bean with his helmet is beyond me too.
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    Clausen slid late and Ansah caught him in the head, nothing Ansah could do about it, he was about to make a legal hit. Clausen shouldn’t have slid so late.
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    I still don’t think that means you can lead with the crown of your helmet…. that is a good way to get people hurt including yourself.
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    He didn’t, Clausen slid way too late which caused an awkward hit. Did you even see the play?

    That play falls on Clausen, he wanted to gain the extra yard and the tried to slide as he was getting tackled. Poor coaching in Chicago.

  33. I’m no bears fan, but how about a permanent suspension for this pos? Why is he even still in the league?

  34. Should be an appropriate way to end a long miserable career, instead of being mostly useless on the Detroit offensive line, being completely useless sitting at home watching the Lions in the playoffs.

  35. I did see the play, and many replays, and the CROWN of Ansahs helmet, hits Claussen in the ear hole.

    I am not saying Claussen didn’t slide late…. Let’s say Claussen didn’t slide at all, Ansah is still leading with the CROWN of his helmet.

  36. What Ansah did doesn’t bug me as he was trying to play hard. Sure he will be flagged and fined and I agree with that.

    But what Raiola did is criminal. He should be arrested for assault.

    It was cowardly and evil.

  37. Once again, deep in the bowels of the NFL offices, Rodger will spin the Wheel of Punishment, and where ever the needle points once it stops spinning, that will be the punishment.

    There’s a good chance both Raiola and Ansah will once again escape without any meaningful punishment.

  38. shaggytoodle says:
    Dec 21, 2014 11:24 PM
    I did see the play, and many replays, and the CROWN of Ansahs helmet, hits Claussen in the ear hole.

    I am not saying Claussen didn’t slide late…. Let’s say Claussen didn’t slide at all, Ansah is still leading with the CROWN of his helmet.
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    He hits him in the top of the head, not the ear hole, and he slides across his face mask. If Clausen continues to run and not slide, Ansah hits him with his shoulder wrapping him up. Ansahs arms were out to wrap him up.

  39. Appeal what? I know they won’t do it, but they need to start to fine these guys millions of dollars. That might start changing some guys minds when their money is taken away and they can’t buy that Bentley with dubs. Consideding a lot of guys make a lot less than Aaron Rodgers, it makes a good argument.

  40. If you really want to punish the guy, just take away the PEDS that are causing all of this in the first place.

  41. Especially on top of his two incidents in the N.E. game, if he is not suspended for a game, then the commissioner’s office is a total joke. Well, more of a joke if that’s possible.

  42. About the Claussen hit …. my impression was that Ansah took a glimpse at where his momentum was taking him … and that glimpse was taken when the QB was already in the process of starting the slide …. and then he took deliberate aim at Claussen’s head by lowering his helmet.

    I don’t think Ansah could have avoided hitting Claussen altogether, but Ansah didn’t have to lower his helmet after taking that glimpse. He had enough time to avoid landing with the helmet first.

    I was both surprised and happy that Claussen didn’t end up carried off the field.

    With respect to Raiola: if you weigh that many pounds and are wearing that kind of foot gear, then stepping on someone else’s unprotected leg on purpose is tantamount to assault with a dangerous weapon. In my opinion, that kind of poor-sport decision making requires both a stiff fine and a suspension to get his full attention. Holy cow.
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  43. I honestly hope he has played his last game in the league even if it puts the Lions at a disadvantage.

  44. As a Packer fan I have always been surprised by the lions and their lack of discipline in the game. As we have seen this year with a better coach who will not put up with nonsense looked like they got the cheap shots behind them. Suh has cleaned up his act and is one of the better Defensive players out there, but for some reason one player on that team has to screw things up.
    I would rather see them come into Green Bay at full strength, that way when the Packers beat them in Green Bay there will be no excuses. But I do not know how the league can not suspect this player for acting like a idiot.
    I watched that play and rewound it and rewound it, found that he was walking normal, looked down at the Bears player on the ground and then proceeded to deliberately stomp on his ankle. There is no place for this type of play in this game, hope if the coaching staff of Detriot handles it rather then the NFL, they need to do this in house to send a message that this is not their way anymore.

  45. Such a dirty TEAM – and talk about a terrible time to pull something like this – I was already hoping the Pack would win by 10, now I hope they win by 50!!! 🙂 #GOPACKGO

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