Ted Cottrell doesn’t believe Suh didn’t feel Rodgers’s leg

AP

Despite overturning Ndamukong Suh’s one-game suspension for stepping on the leg of Aaron Rodgers, hearing officer Ted Cottrell is not convinced that Suh was innocent.

In a letter to Suh explaining the decision to allow Suh to play on Sunday but fine him $70,000, a copy of which PFT has obtained, Cottrell makes clear that he believes Suh knew he was standing on Rodgers’s leg.

“Although I accept that your feet may have been cold on a late December day in Green Bay, it is difficult for me to believe that you did not feel Aaron Rodgers’ leg under you as you stepped on him twice,” Cottrell wrote. “While you may not have consciously intended to cause injury to the opposing player that you stepped on, I nonetheless believe that you could have avoided—and had the responsibility to avoid—making such dangerous contact with your opponent’s leg—twice. Your conduct was a clear violation of the Playing Rules and was outside the normal course of the game of football. It must be emphasized that illegal acts that jeopardize the safety of other players, as was certainly the case here, will not be tolerated in this League.”

So why did Cottrell overturn the suspension? Because he was swayed not only by speaking directly to Suh but by hearing from Suh’s representatives and from the Lions, who felt that the entire franchise would be punished if one of its best players was barred from a playoff game.

“Several of your representatives, including personnel from the Lions, argued that the impact of your suspension would have a devastating effect on you, your teammates and coaches, as well as Lions fans,” Cottrell wrote.

Ultimately, Cottrell seems to believe that Suh is a good man who has made mistakes, not a dirty player who sets out to injure his opponents.

“I think you were sincere when you said that you respect the game, and have listened to the advice of your coaches, as well as that of Troy Vincent during his visit with you in the offseason,” Cottrell wrote. “Based on your representations, I am willing to give you the benefit of doubt that you did not intend to injure your opponent. However, the seriousness of this offense, the potential for injury, and my conclusion that it was avoidable, demands substantial discipline. For those reasons, I am reducing your one game suspension without pay to a fine in the amount of $70,000.”

That’s a decision that will satisfy Suh, the Lions and Lions fans. Fans of many other teams — especially the Cowboys — won’t be so pleased that Suh is playing on Sunday.

147 responses to “Ted Cottrell doesn’t believe Suh didn’t feel Rodgers’s leg

  1. Cottrell used to be the Vikings Defensive Coordinator.

    Luckily, our team is in the playoffs, and they aren’t!

    We’ll beat the Lions if they advance because we have the best team.

    I can’t wait for our playoff game so I can wear a big hunk of cheese on my head again.

  2. Suspension should’ve been upheld. Take the guy out of the Lions-Cowboys game for something he caused himself. And if the Lions lost to the Cowboys because of his absence, that would’ve been the best punishment.

  3. So go out in your yard and step on a 4 inch thick stick and tell me you don’t feel it…. now try it while standing on spikes….. what a liar, they should give him multiple games for a pattern of intentional attempts to injure an opponent

  4. Happens every game but because it’s the big bad Suh and princess Erin ohhhh he must be suspended. When everybody else starts getting suspended for the dangerous actions committed on the field every week, then it will be acceptable for a suspension here but no way is it fair to single out one guy because he stepped on your precious golden girl. Go watch tennis if you don’t like a violent game. Can’t believe how pathetic these whiners are

  5. Lions are gonna own the loser Cowboys like every other time they’ve played in the Stafford era. The only question is will it be a 20 or 30 point lead the cowgirls choke away this time

  6. “It must be emphasized that illegal acts that jeopardize the safety of other players, as was certainly the case here, will not be tolerated in this League”

    Except they are tolerated, and he just displayed here that the league cares only about it’s bottom line.

  7. I always laugh at the fake outrage by some to suspend this guy , We have seen in games where DEFENDERS come in with VICIOUS late HITS to QB’s especially to their heads. and all they get is a 15 yards penalty and they continue playing.

    The only people calling for this are fans of the team very afraid of facing him and of course the haters who would have him on their team in a minute if they ever got so lucky.

  8. Not sure I understand Ted’s rationale here. He thinks Suh felt the leg (twice) and could have done more to avoid the step on Rodgers, thus the fine. But believed Suh when he said he didn’t intend to cause injury?!?

    Ted, I think if you believe Suh could have done more to avoid the contact you are suggesting then that there WAS “intent”. And if there was intent, what do you think is going to happen when 300+ pounds puts its full weight on an ankle!

  9. All of this because it is the Green Bay Packers Golden Boy. In the old days of football this would be a non story.

    Lombardi is on the trophy. Lamblow is the Mt . Olympus of football stadiums. Must beat the refs and Packers to win there. The fans own toilet paper stocks.

    Your run is coming to an end GB…….cant happen soon enough……

  10. It’s not really an easy question to answer with full confidence not being able to hear Suh’s full statement and delineation of his thought process as the moment played out. That being said and in conjunction with the full explanation provided here, the most logical conclusion is that the call made as a result of the process of the system is sounding like a fair and appropriate outcome.

  11. I don’t know why people are so outraged.
    Suh And Dominck Raiola are representative of the city they play in. Put yourself in the shoes of Detroit fans. Right now you are happy and proud
    that they are on your favorite team. It goes with the territory.

  12. He claims his feet were cold and could not feel a leg under his feet? If that were true, he would not be able to feel the ground under his feet and would be unable to walk. How can anyone believe this liar unless they are gullible and stupid?

  13. When the refs refuse to call a fair game and believe the Packers are incapable of committing fouls when they’re happening right in front of their faces, it’s clear the fix is in. Then they try to take 2 points off the board to protect the spread it’s an absolute joke. No wonder the Packers are undefeated at home. The only question is who is behind this scam. Is it the Packers themselves paying off the refs or is it the NFL as an organization trying to ensure they get the best television ratings they can possibly generate as if being the most watched programming isn’t enough and they need more.

  14. Hmmm…looking at these posts and no one seems to be whining about much of anything…
    I would sooner respect the opinion of ANYONE who has played the game at the highest level as opposed to some overweight slob that couldn’t run around the block giving he readers the old “tough game for tough guys”…..please…it’s the league stance….it is what it is..
    they protect star players….deal with it.

  15. So basically he admitted ratings and the fact it’s the playoffs made him overturn suspension even though he thinks it was the right course of action.

    God what a messed up system.

  16. The NFL knew this would happen. That’s why they “suspended” Suh for a game. Now someone else is the bad guy, and the NFL looks good for doing the “right” thing.

    Smart.

  17. He believes he is a good man who has made mistakes?

    How many “mistakes” does a good man have to make before you no longer believe he’s a good man?

  18. What a crock. I’m sure the impact of having him play in the WC game on Sunday on TV ratings had nothing at all to do with the decision. Sure…

    Cottrell is an idiot if he gave any weight to Suh’s obviously biased representatives. If Cottrell thinks there was intent, that should have been enough to uphold the suspension.

  19. So Suh gets to play so it doesn’t effect the Lions playoffs but intentionally trying to injure Rodgers wouldn’t effect the Packers playoffs? Weird logic.

  20. Suh has a track record and reputation for being a dirty player, had this been his first or maybe second time perhaps reducing the suspension to a fine would be acceptable, however since he has multiple infractions of this nature to over turn his suspension damage the credibility of the NFL. Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Suh,,, this mediator clearly was considering his job in this ruling😰

  21. Cottrell felt it was bad enough to fine Suh $70k but didn’t suspend him. If you don’t suspend Suh and administer a fine go with a missed game check which would be about $1 mill

    The NFL is all about the star players playing, ratings would’t be as good without Suh playing

  22. Papacrick, I have seen several posts from you on different articles.
    It amazes me that a person truly believes that one person will win a game for the lions. The other thing is if I felt that everything was fixed then I would not watch anymore.

  23. Hey Willycents, this supports my point. The league is unwilling and unable to do what it takes to deter Suh’s actions (historically and logically, given his financial situation).

    Cottrell admits that all Suh has to do is pretend to be sincere after his next attack and since his priors will not be relevant, he will get off without a meaningful deterring punishment again.

    To Suh: please do me a favor and next time, don’t hold back. Go ahead and seriously injure somebody. You won’t be suspended. And according to Willycents, you have no fear of retaliation. But then, maybe the NFL will finally have to act.

  24. “Several of your representatives, including personnel from the Lions, argued that the impact of your suspension would have a devastating effect on you, your teammates and coaches, as well as Lions fans,” Cottrell wrote.

    Wonder how come no one said these words to Adrian Peterson? Banishing him to the exempt list truly is, as Florio has contended, punishment of the player, his teammates, coaches and mostly the fans. Had any of us done what AP did, and were charged with a misdemeanor, we all would have still been allowed to work and support our families. The NFL is completely off the rails now.

  25. All of these whiny comments are hilarious.
    It’s going to be awesome when we beat the cowgirls and Suh has the game of his career

  26. I don’t know why people are so outraged.
    Suh And Dominck Raiola are representative of the city they play in. Put yourself in the shoes of Detroit fans. Right now you are happy and proud
    that they are on your favorite team. It goes with the territory.

    That’s a good one coming from a fan of the PEDhawks whose coach is a confirmed cheater and whose star running back has a rap sheet that’s too long to even list here

  27. When you step on something SOFT,you rarely feel it.

    Jello is soft.

    Marshmallows are soft.

    Erin Rodgers’ feet (and collarbone) are S O F T.

    Sounds like another health/medical problem in the sorry franchise of the green bay packers.

    You don’t want to be a green bay packer if you have a health/medical issue.

    It is even worse,if you are S O F T.

  28. Where is the real time replay with subs jersey being grabbed as he steps on Rodgers. Why is everything in slo mo showing only the feet? As a lions fan I know such is aggressive but honestly didn’t see much in this play.

  29. Bizzare ruling indeed. Doesn’t believe Suh didn’t know what he wuz doing, but make the decision to reinstate him so the Lions team doen’t suffer….. Gimme a break!

  30. Cool. The best man on the Cowboys o-line has a free ticket to blow this turds knees out like candles on a birthday cake. After all, nothing can be done about it especially if said lineman has no history of doing it. It’s open season Suh, I hope you end up in a wheelchair for life.

  31. This was the latest in a long line of clear attempts to injure opposing players. Clearly through the years, the Lions organization has done little or nothing to put an end to this. He attacks defenseless or prone players with the intent to seriously harm them. The mere fact that he lifted one foot to put all his weight on Rodgers leg with that 2nd step was clear intent to injure. He should be suspended for four games and make the seriousness of his behavior one that either he stops or should suffer significant financial loss until he does get the message.

    Cottrell clearly is a joke!

  32. papacrick says:
    Dec 30, 2014 8:21 PM

    When the refs refuse to call a fair game and believe the Packers are incapable of committing fouls when they’re happening right in front of their faces, it’s clear the fix is in. Then they try to take 2 points off the board to protect the spread it’s an absolute joke. No wonder the Packers are undefeated at home. The only question is who is behind this scam. Is it the Packers themselves paying off the refs or is it the NFL as an organization trying to ensure they get the best television ratings they can possibly generate as if being the most watched programming isn’t enough and they need more.

    Papacrick has gone full Alex Jones and is now picking up government mind control rays through his dental feelings. Try to use more tinfoil next time….those lizard people are pretty clever.

  33. Now all I gotta say is hahahahaha Green Bay and AP haters. I’m not saying Ted or Suh is right but I’m saying people who were bashing on AP. This guy is worse than AP and got away with it so, why shouldn’t AP be allowed to play for the Vikings or in the league again. Time for players to finally win something other than let the league do what it wants.

  34. Coming from a Cowboys fan, I’m 100% fine with him playing this week. I’ve got faith that the Cowboys can execute their strategy whether Suh is there or not.

    I would have been much happier with this outcome if they had suspended him for 3 games, and made it so the suspension doesn’t start until the 2015 season.

    I think Suh is a rotten, dirty player who needs to be taught a lesson that actually means something to him. Having to navigate free agency with his potential employers having to negotiate with him understanding the reality that he won’t be available for the first three games would have likely cost Suh millions (indirectly). He’d have been offered less guaranteed money and/or fewer years. THAT is something that might have driven the point home.

    The shame is that he’s an amazing football player. If he could be the dominating force that he is without pulling this stuff, people would love him like they love JJ Watt.

  35. bridgeh2o says:
    Dec 30, 2014 8:53 PM
    When you step on something SOFT,you rarely feel it.

    Funny how the Lions haven’t won a road game against those “SOFT” guys since the Pleistocene Era – and haven’t won a championship since the Permian Age. Our spiteful, hair-pulling little sisters can’t escape the fact of their utter inferiority.

  36. ariani has changed his moniker. It’s so obvious, I laughed beer out of my nose.

    Frequency of pointless posts: same
    Giving grown men feminine sounding nicknames: same
    Anti-Packer vitriol: same
    New name combo of alpha/numeric: same

    Nice try.

  37. So why did Cottrell overturn the suspension? Because he was swayed not only by speaking directly to Suh but by hearing from Suh’s representatives and from the Lions, who felt that the entire franchise would be punished if one of its best players was barred from a playoff game.
    =========

    The entire point of a suspension is to hurt or “punish” the entire team. When a player stomps on other players multiple times, it is obvious that no punishment that effects only him will affect any change in his behavior. You MUST inflict a penalty that will hurt the TEAM so that the TEAM will take it upon itself to pressure the player to grow up and play the game like a man and not a cheap coward.

  38. Interviews by the league with Suh after the fact don’t really mean much of anything. What is obvious, is that he still goes to that “other place” when the switch flips and acts impulsively. Dudes a great player but a brick short of a load.

  39. ‘That’s a decision that will satisfy Suh, the Lions and Lions fans’ So that’s what rules are for.

  40. “I think you were sincere when you said that you respect the game”… Cottrell wrote. It’s just other players he doesn’t respect

  41. Packer fans talking about teams with a history of dirty players need to remember that it was one of their guys who body slammed Jim McMahon and pretty much ended his NFL career.

    It will be interesting to see where Suh plays next year. Who ever gets him will jump off their high horse about all this stuff and welcome him with open arms.

  42. What the Author didn’t mention was that as a result of the new Personal Conduct policy, of the NFL, after 32 games without an incident, the player is treated as a first time offender. It had been 32 games exactly since his last offense. The Green Bay game was the 33rd game, therefore it warranted a fine instead of a suspension. By the way, Suh has been fined over $450,000.00 since entering the league.

  43. Like that fat slob is going to make a difference anyway? Dallas is going to roll over him like he’s not there anyway.If he can’t step on anyone then he can’t do anything.I am a Packers fan. Go Cowboys!!

  44. If you take his reputation out of the equation there is no way this is even close to a suspension. (See Vontaze Burfict) There are much more violent egregious plays every week. That being said, the original stomp (and other plays) are hard to ignore when handing down discipline. While I believe Suh is treated unfairly by the media, he is partially responsible for getting the reputation that he has. His dominance will always be overshadowed by the few idiot moments where he takes things to far. As a Lions fan I love his dominance and don’t have a problem with embracing his villain role that’s been tagged in the media. (See the Bad Boys Pistons teams) The problem I do have is that his brain cramps seem to cost the team at critical moments instead of using this intimidation factor as a positive. Without a dominant performance that leads to a win this week, I’m not sure he’ll get an offer to stay in Detroit and will be another fan base’s problem next season.

  45. So they should stop calling personal foul penalties, since it has an adverse impact on teammates and coaches.

  46. Cowboys fans are pissed. You know what Texas (and a lot of the country), Suh didn’t step on Romo’s legs, it was another QB from a northern state. In other words, stop looking for a hand-out, and win the fricking game. Stop acting outraged when it wasn’t even your QB. Win the fricking game!

  47. So why did Cottrell overturn the suspension? Because he was swayed not only by speaking directly to Suh but by hearing from Suh’s representatives and from the Lions, who felt that the entire franchise would be punished if one of its best players was barred from a playoff game.

    But…but….but wouldn’t that be the best way to get him to FINALLY learn a lesson after how many previous fines and suspensions??? Sheesh!!!

  48. What hypocrites running the NFL. They overturn the suspension,but they still fine him. That makes no sense to me. Neither does anyone who is defending what he did. It’s crystal clear that it was deliberate,yet he gets away with it. I guess letting him play makes for better ratings.

  49. It’s been said before but the fine is actually bigger than his game check. IMHO his pattern of behavior, and the Lions inability to reign it in, warrants a suspension. The team as well as the player must be held accountable at this point. What’s it going to take to get it thru to this clown? Do we wait till he ends a career before we start giving him punishments that matter?

  50. gerard33 says:
    Dec 30, 2014 8:17 PM

    An injury to Rodgers would have been pretty devastating, too
    _________________________

    Rodgers WAS already injured, probably why Rodgers didn’t get up off the ground fast enough so Suh would trip over him but that back fired and he got stepped on. What a poor decision by the GREEN BAY Packers organization to let their PRIZED QB play injured. Pathetic to risk him getting even more injured.

    At least the NFL got the call right in review, it proves the system does work PROPERLY.

  51. Way to send a message, NFL that what Suh did is tolerated and that it gives him permission to do it again and again.
    You guys really don’t care about player safety after all, do you?

  52. Raiola did the same thing and got a one game suspension. The Lions better make it count or this gift from the league will have been for nothing. The good news is some charity gets $70,000.

  53. Nothing funnier than listening to the fans of a perpetually crappy team that never wins anything talk trash when, like a blind squirrel finding a nut, their team actually has a decent season.

    It’s like giving a loaded gun and the keys to a Ferrari to a 6 year old. They have no idea how to act so they launch into these non-sensical trash talking tirades.

    Never mind that they had exactly one win over a team that finished above .500. Never mind that they had zero road wins over any good teams or that their QB has NEVER beaten a good team on the road in his entire career.

    Thank God we won’t have to listen to it anymore after Sunday.

  54. The Lions fans would have been impacted by upholding the suspension? Wouldn`t the Packer fans have been impacted if he broke Rodgers leg?……Cottrell, the enabler.

  55. It’s classic NFL good cop bad cop. The league suspends him and then they have their buddy reverse it. It doesn’t effect their precious playoff game yet they can still say they suspended him. It would be nice if Cotrell at least came up with some kind of logical story to go along with the cat and mouse game. Suh is not a good guy. He’s an immature, loser dirtball. They should have taken care of this when he gave Shaub a nutshot. This man is a disgrace.

  56. There is more proof that Rodgers committed a personal foul by punching Suh in the butt than there is that Suh did the two-step on purpose. How much is Rodgers going to be fined for his very personal foul?

  57. Wow…. Even though I am not a Packers fan, this ruling is perplexing and inconsistent with player safety. Hope the NFL can stop with the lectures about player conduct. It’s just a lose-lose situation.

  58. NFL running ads about how hard it is to talk about domestic violence, and they keep letting violent people get a pass. I wonder if we’ll see Eli Manning’s horse face trying to swallow over commentary about stopping player vs player violence too.

  59. If the $70,000 fine is equal to one playoff paycheck, I guess that’s an acceptable penalty. He knew he was on someone’s leg. I’m not sure if he knew it was Aaron’s leg, but I think the one-game suspension should have been upheld.

  60. Now that’s some tortured logic there. Suspending him would punish the team? Suspensions always punish the team! That’s part of why they’re effective. It creates a shared disincentive to support this kind of bad behavior.

    Now both the player and the team have the message that this behavior won’t face repercussions, and that it’s okay in certain situations – that is, any time it would be inconvenient to the team to receive punishment.

    It’s been really striking, the contrast between what the league has been paying lip service to with domestic violence versus their complete ineffectiveness to address on-field violence. If they want to have the integrity they like to talk about, they need to come down very hard on garbage like this. Raiola should have been suspended for the rest of the season games ago, and Suh should have missed at least a game.

    NFL leadership needs to take this stuff more seriously. It’s providing a terrible role model to kids and making it harder for fans with working moral compasses to watch.

  61. Anyway, good for Suh to be in the game so there will be no question who’s superior when he’s eaten alive by the best OL in football. Romo’s played with broken ribs and a punctured lung. Suh doesn’t even register.

  62. Aaron Rodgers is a bigger star than Suh will ever be. They botched this one. I thought this was a “protect the QB at all costs” league now. Guys get hammered by Goodell regularly for brutal, yet unintentional hits at full game speed when things are moving pretty fast and body control is difficult….but hey….it must of been hard to stop all that momentum Suh built up by slightly waddling backwards onto Rodgers’ leg. I have no dog in this fight as I’m not a fan of either team, but there is something to be said for the fact that Rodgers is well respected and well liked throughout the league and that most of the players around the league think Suh is a dirtbag. They would know better than we would. Just saying….where there is smoke….there is usually fire. He is a tremendous football talent, but he sucks at being a respectable human being.

  63. The resolution is pretty clear….suspended “sentence” of an 8 game suspension without pay if he ever does something like this again and a fine of $250,000 to his current or future club when…I mean if…he does it again. Also, if a Lions player does something like this within a 3 year period, a hefty fine to be levied against them. Something akin to loss of institutional control in the NCAA. This should not be able to be appealed. Done.

  64. So I guess that it was detrimental to the Vikings fans for Adrian Peterson to be suspended…or the Ravens fans for Ray Rice to be suspended…

    This statement makes this all the more ridiculous…

  65. “Several of your representatives, including personnel from the Lions, argued that the impact of your suspension would have a devastating effect on you, your teammates and coaches, as well as Lions fans,” Cottrell wrote.

    What Cottrell should have written:

    “The impact of your actions has a devastating effect on the player you injured, his teammates and coaches, as well as the fans of his team. Your appeal is therefore denied.”

    And this ruling – just a week after Raiola stomped on another player.

    It’s time for the NFL to hire Judge Judy! … and remove the alcohol from NFL Headquarters.

  66. I am just looking forward to Suh’s/Nike’s new shoe commercial that has him stepping on a couple of eggs that don’t crack open (painted yellow with the G logo)…”strong enough to support a 300-lb man, yet supple enough to caress a few fragile things when needed.”

  67. Wonder what kind of tax bracket Teddy’s now in after the windfall personal profit from his overturning of the decision. hmmmm… What is the dollar value worth having the big d*ck head sit out games in the playoffs if this were, you know, like some of the real world. Something the media will never print.

  68. So, let me get this straight. Cottrell has now set a precedent that suspensions are too severe if there is an impact, or adverse effect, on the team that they play for.

    Wow, I am surprised that the NFL is okay with that standard, which if not upheld in the future, allows for a legal challenge based on a multitude of factors.

    So, I suppose that is the last we will EVER hear of any NFL player being suspended. The ruling acknowledges that he did wrong and doesn’t exclude his prior record and was almost entirely based upon the negative effect the suspension had on his team and the fans.

    I can’t wait for the infinite number of lawsuits by players who are suspended for ANY reason and it isn’t overturned under the same reasoning.

    Sometimes the NFL games are less entertaining than the perpetual screw ups on the side of NFL Administration. I suppose the NFL is quite happy as they have, with this ruling, effectively removed future needs for neutral arbitration for suspensions as there should no longer be any.

  69. J.J. Watt does not commit such detestable acts….
    And the fact that the Detroit Lions continue to harbor this abomination of creation speaks volumes about the organization itself….
    Shame on you NFL.
    And shame on you, Mr. Cottrell!

  70. Suh was just trying to toughin up the girly-man legsof Erin.

    The reporters after the game asked Mcarthy how Erin was doing after the game,and Mcarthy stole Parcell’s line:

    …….”she’s getting better!”

  71. Thank Goodness Cottrell isn’t a judge in a murder trail. He’d say, I know you killed that guy, but I’m going to let you go anyway.

    What a joke! And for the Lions to whine it hurts them by having Lard Butt suspended, maybe if they didn’t allow this kind of crap on a routine basis, there wouldn’t be a need for them to cry!!

    In short — the NFL is ultra hypocritical and once again comes off phony in trying to act like they care about the players. Rodgers was already hurt on that leg and Suh knew fully well what he was doing, and the league didn’t feel he deserved to be punished, in spite of many offenses he’s committed before.

    Lions fans — I can only hope you lose Suh in free agency. Because as long as you have guys like him on your roster, you’ll never have a team which has any class.

  72. Lions:
    L stands for Losers
    I stands for I care only about me, not the team.
    O stands for Oh how jealous Lions fans are of the
    Packer fans.
    N stands for Never — when the Lions will win a S.B.
    S stands for Suh — the dirtiest player in the NFL.

  73. So Cottrel says Suh is guilty but…… We are not going to punish you.
    This is why Suh will keep doing these dirty plays. He knows he is not going to be held accountable.
    Give him a $70,000 fine? Why didn’t they just fine him $10 and give him a pat on the back.

    P.S. I am not a Packers fan. I just hate people that play dirty and take cheap shots. And Suh is a master at this.

  74. Wow, What an admission of priorities.
    Lynch gets fines $100,000 just for not talking to media,
    This guy intentionally tries to injure another player and gets of with less money. Sure, shows where the NFL’s Priorities lie.

  75. Suh has a cap hit of $22 million this year. That isn’t his actual salary, it is the cap hit, but it averages out to about $10m a year or so. So the $70K fine is 0.7% of his salary. Using my own income as an example, it would be like fining me $200 for assaulting a person, with no jail time or even court costs. Calling it a slap on the wrists is an insult to what an actual slap means.

  76. That headline is a double-negative that’s reading would imply that Suh *did* feel Rodgers’s leg, further implying intent.

  77. Rogers wasn’t injured. Former officials said that it should not have been a suspension. Time to move on. If it wasn’t Rogers and Suh it would not have been a story. Next year Suh and Raiola won’t be on the Lions next year anyway.

  78. so basically Ted/NFL just said that yes you deserve the suspension but since its a playoff game we are going to do it. nice way to admit it idiot

  79. Ummm – all you people saying – “the intent to injure” and “what do you think is gonna happen when he puts 300 lbs on that ankle”.

    I’ll tell you – NOTHING. that’s what happened folks. NO ONE WAS HURT at all on this play. Yeah maybe a second of pain – but I’m pretty sure that’s still common in the NFL. He stepped on his leg. So what I say. Even if he did it on purpose – what’s the big deal. Are we short on things to be outraged about this week.

    Finally – common sense wins out. I was worried that we were losing that in America

  80. The illegal acts with intent to injure will not be tolerated in this league…..sooo, no suspension. We will just pocket 70k of your money. I’m sure Suh has really been taken down a notch and has really learned his lesson. I’m sure Suh will never try to injure someone ever ever ever again.

  81. The illegal acts with intent to injure will not be tolerated in this league…..sooo, no suspension. We will just pocket 70k of your money. I’m sure Suh has really been taken down a notch and has really learned his lesson. I’m sure Suh will never try to injure someone ever ever ever again.

  82. Some how i can see a Ndomakong Suh extreme cold sock commercial on the horizon… Nike, Wigwam, Undor Armour.

    Even on the frozen tundra… “Now I can feel the quarterback, all game long”

  83. He knew what he was doing, but if Cottrell believed he knew what he was doing, then overturning the ban makes no sense. Except it would affect viewing figures for the Lions game, nobody in Detroit wants to see them play a game without Suh, the NFL doesn’t want a star player missing on a team (unless your name is Peterson and Rice), and it’s the playoffs, so lets just pretend it never happened.

  84. Cottrell is a joke. maybe it is a race thing. a brother watching out for another brother? do you expect anyone to believe he didn’t think he know what he did. Look up lame in the dictionary. You will see Cottrell’s picture

  85. Once AGAIN the NFL looks like a total joke in reprimanding its players…he calls him out for a terrible excuse, thinks he’s guilty but removes the suspension???

    I could care less about Suh or Rodgers but this is just another example of how bad the NFL deals with some of these things.

    What kind of appeal process is it if you’re still found guilty yet the penalty is overturned?

    Joke…

    And the ratings conspiracy theory is stupid as well folks. You cant tell me that many people wouldnt be tuning in for a cowboys/lions playoff game had he not played…yeah, the NFL wants star players on the field but people will watch regardless, especially the playoffs.

  86. EXCUSE ME? This twit KNEW but allowed him to play because it would be a hardship on the team? SERIOUSLY? I wonder how much the Lions FO slid this guy under the table! Goodell CHECK THIS GUY’S BANK RECORDS!

  87. Apparently if you want to give a player a cheap shot to try and injure a player, just make sure you do it before a playoff game because you will not be suspended!! What a joke!! It shouldn’t matter if your team suffers from you not being there for a playoff game, the suspension took take precedence over any game. If you don’t want your team to get punished for a playoff game, don’t be a jerk and play within the rules!!
    Ted Cottrell should be fired for being an idiot!!
    I wonder how much the Lions paid him to overturn the suspension!

  88. “…it is difficult for me to believe that you did not feel Aaron Rodgers’ leg under you as you stepped on him twice,” Cottrell wrote. “Your conduct was a clear violation of the Playing Rules and was outside the normal course of the game of football. It must be emphasized that illegal acts that jeopardize the safety of other players, as was certainly the case here, will not be tolerated in this League.”

    You’re lookin’ awful tolerant in this case Ted.

  89. I know I know, it’s business. Ratings equal $$. Think about it, people who may not have been interested in this game(like me) will be sure to tune in. Controversy creates interest. If the suspension stuck it would have been ,”nothing to see here folks, keep it movin'” Now Sunday all eyes will be on The Beasty Boys of Detroit(don’t forget Raiola). And viewers will be looking for a beat down one way or the other. No one will be neutral watching this game

  90. Myself, I’m hoping the Cowboy’s kick the stuffing out of Detroit. But even if Detroit wins this game, it’s hard to think of them as Superbowl contenders. So I will enjoy Detroit’s demise in the very near future. Ta Ta Suh. You’ll have plenty of time to work on your two-step in the off-season

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