Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is not suspended from Sunday’s playoff game after all.
Suh has won the appeal of his one-game suspension and will play on Sunday at Dallas.
Instead of getting suspended, Suh will be fined $70,000. That’s actually a more harsh financial penalty than a suspension would have been, as players on wild card teams are paid $22,000 for their first playoff game.
Suh was suspended for stepping on the leg of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, in a move that some saw as intentional and others saw as accidental. Ted Cottrell, the former NFL player and coach who heard the appeal, apparently felt that some discipline was warranted, but that a suspension was too much.
As we noted yesterday, Suh always had a good case for an appeal: There was really no way to know for sure whether Suh meant to step on Rodgers (unlike Suh’s infamous stomp on Green Bay’s Evan Dietrich-Smith, which was obviously intentional), and Cottrell has a reputation for fairness in appeals hearings.
And so Suh can play. Good news for the Lions, bad news for the Cowboys.