OT: Ndamukong Suh Wins Appeal; Will Play vs. Dallas

Submitted by TheFrigz on December 30th, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Per Adam Schefter (take it for what it's worth), the Suh suspension was reversed.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/2014/story/_/id/12099681/ndamukong-suh-…

SUSPENSION REVERSED: Ndamukong Suh wins appeal, will play this weekend against Dallas (via ESPN and media reports) pic.twitter.com/QnoPUYm3aZ

— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) December 30, 2014

GO LIONS!

Comments

Mr. Yost

December 30th, 2014 at 5:51 PM ^

He's an idiot...I don't even care anymore. If you're a leader you don't even put yourself and your team in that position.

Happy to have him on the field, but it was such a "meh" feeling when he got suspended. He can't put himself and his team in a position to miss what may be the biggest game of his career. The fact that he did is selfish no matter if he was suspended or not.

Now that he's got a 2nd chance...go ape shit on the Cowboys OL.

HANCOCK

December 30th, 2014 at 7:03 PM ^

I totally understand where you are coming from, but the biggest issue with Suh and Raiola is that they are dirty out in the open...in plain sight. Every team has players that play like Suh and Raiola...many teams have guys that are much worse than that. The only difference is that Suh and Raiola are oblivious to the fact that they are being watched. Stepping on guys is a little lame, but you better believe punches are thrown, faces are clawed, and guys are going out there trying to injure other players. Hell, look at the New Orleans Saints. This stuff does happen. 

Tater

December 30th, 2014 at 8:17 PM ^

Look at the video.  Look at #70 (IIRC) for the Packers, who had a hand full of his uni and then let go while he was pulling away.  HIs story is that #70 pushed him.  Either way, you can't judge intent here. 

Everyone Murders

December 30th, 2014 at 5:31 PM ^

If he had nearly anyone else's name on his jersey, that would have been a minor fine at most (the second step was arguably a dick move, especially if he could see what he was doing through peripheral vision).  I thought Raiola deserved his suspension, btw. 

 

Everyone Murders

December 30th, 2014 at 5:44 PM ^

We're in violent agreement on this point.  The River Dance move on Thanksgiving a couple of years ago?  Obviously intentional, and Suh deserved to be suspended for that.

Trodding on Rodgers's leg going backward after being pushed by a Packers player, with the second step landing on a moving calf?  That really could be accidental.  But even if it was intentional, it would be a stretch to assume it was meant to injure Rodgers.  As you say, a plausible defense.

Raiola against the Bears?  His was just douche move, and is indefensible.  It's what douches do. 

Bambi

December 30th, 2014 at 6:18 PM ^

But not many other players have the same reputation and history as Suh, and that matters. Especially when the NFL has said repeat offenders will get hit harder.

Also to your point about the peripheral vision, he didn't need it to tell what he was doing. He knew where he was on the field, he knew what player was on the ground around him. He didn't need to see Rodgers to know that he stepped on him once, he could clearly feel what he was doing, and the second step was clearly him trying to put force on Rodgers. What else would be on the ground for him to step on besides a player's body like that?

CR7

December 30th, 2014 at 5:32 PM ^

Absolute joke of a decision. But I believe I saw that he'd be out 24K if they won and 22K if they lost. 70K is something to think about. Still a pathetic decision. Should be suspended for multiple just by being a repeat offending thug of a player.

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MGoCombs

December 30th, 2014 at 6:09 PM ^

This has been something that has largely gone ignored due to the whole "intentional or unintentional" debate. I think the overruling wasn't about that. It was saying even if it was intentional, which is difficult to discern, a playoff game suspension was too severe. I think some people still disagree with that, which is fine, but I think that was largely due to the media hoopla surrounding it. If we all take a breath and watch the action in real time, was that really worthy of a playoff game? I understand people will disagree and have legitimate reasons, but I say no.

McSomething

December 30th, 2014 at 6:06 PM ^

Well, plenty of Lions fans like to act anytime any player on their team is punished for anything (deservedly or not) that the league is simply out to get them. I've lost count of how many times I have seen or heard Lions fans go out of their way to defend Suh for his boneheadedness. Quite a few here are saying that the first time he stomped a guy it was clearly intentional, but this time it wasn't. Well, the first time he did it they jumped to defend him with the "simply trying to get his balance" bs.

You guys can neg me all you want, but, like I said before, if this was someone on the Packers that stepped on Stafford (even if he didn't have a history for being a moron on the field) many of you guys would've been raging to high heaven he get maximum punishment.

Everyone Murders

December 30th, 2014 at 6:36 PM ^

You directly imply that Suh "clearingly and knowingly" stepped on Rodgers's leg?  You can't see how people being pushed backward keep going backward?*  You can see into Suh's mind?!

But yeah.  Josh Boyd appears to have cleated Stafford something solid.  Check THIS out.** 

*You'll note I allowed for the possibility that Suh's step was intentional, but as TaiStreetsMyHero noted, there's a plausible defense there provided you're not judge, jury, and executioner. 

**Yeah, I'm aware of who Kelly Hall is.

SalvatoreQuattro

December 30th, 2014 at 6:15 PM ^

I understand why they lifted it as they don't want a suspension to be a determining factor in a playoff game. I am not saying that this is right. He should be suspended. I'm done with the guy. I want him gone.

However, Packer fans are as big of assholes as Buckeye fans are. Worst fans next to Bears fans when it comes to hypocrisy and self-righteousness. They don't deserve Rodgers. Dude's a class act whom I respect a lot. The Pack's OL is dirty and Matthews pushes the boundries as well. But that's the NFL. You have to play with an edge. Rational NFL fans know this.

I'm not defending Suh. He clearly has problems with dirty play, but ask any former lineman and they'll tell you dirty play is the norm along the line. I  find it hypocritical for people to get enraged at Suh for what most linemen in the NFL do. Suh just happens to be stupid enough to do it out in the open.

Anyways, it's not going to matter as the Lions will lose.  Hopefully, we won't have to deal with this bullshit next year.

Everyone Murders

December 30th, 2014 at 6:20 PM ^

I don't agree with your anti-Suh position.  I really like Suh's game, and he seems like a great guy off the field.  Just like, my opinion, man.

But you sum up the early part of Suh's career brilliantly when you say:

I find it hypocritical for people to get enraged at Suh for what most linemen in the NFL do. Suh just happens to be stupid enough to do it out in the open.

That is spot on, good sir.

McSomething

December 30th, 2014 at 6:22 PM ^

I know virtually nothing of Packers fans. I don't follow the NFL closely at all. I just have to listen to Lions fans all the time. As an "outsider" to the fanbase, they are often a grating and whiny ass bunch. Do you know how many times you can hear "this is our year!" from the fanbase of a team that sucks complete ass before it becomes annoying as all hell?