Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh suspended 2 games

Defensive tackle accused of stomping on Green Bay opponent

Published On: Nov 29 2011 10:24:21 AM EST   Updated On: Nov 29 2011 12:45:26 PM EST
DETROIT -

The NFL has suspended Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for two games for stomping an opponent during the Thanksgiving Day game against the Green Bay Packers.

Suh stomped on the arm of Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith in the third quarter of the Lions' 27-15 loss and was ejected for kicking.

On the same play, Suh shoved Dietrich-Smith's helmet toward the turf while Dietrich-Smith was on the ground.

The NFL issued the following statement:

"NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks notified Ndamukong Suh today that he has been suspended without pay.

He will be reinstated on Dec. 12. Under the CBA, the suspension may be appealed within three business days. Suh may not practice or be at the team practice facility for any other activities during the two-game suspension. It was Suh's fifth violation of on-field rules in the past two seasons that has resulted in league discipline for the Lions' next two games for his unsportsmanlike conduct in the Lions-Packers game on Thanksgiving Day. If appealed, an expedited hearing and decision would take place this week in advance of this weekend's games"

The Detroit Lions organization issued this statement:

"We were formally informed this morning of the League's decision to suspend Ndamukong Suh for two games. We respect the process the League undertook in order to arrive at this decision."

This month, the 2010 Defensive Rookie of the Year requested a meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss his play after he drew several penalties. Suh said he had a better understanding of the rules after that meeting.

In 2006, the league suspended Titans DT Albert Haynesworth for five games for swiping his cleats across the head of helmetless Dallas center Andre Gurode.