Fox Sports' Jay Glazer is reporting Lions DT Ndamukong Suh has received a two game suspension as a result of Suh stomping on Packers OL Evan Dietrich-Smith's arm in Green Bay's win over Detroit on Thanksgiving.
The suspension is expected, considering the severity of the act. The league, under Commissioner Roger Goodell, has not suspended a player for on-field conduct more than the five games then-Titans DT Albert Haynesworth was suspended for, incidentally, stomping on an offensive lineman (then Cowboys C Andre Gurode).
Lions head coach Jim Schwartz was Tennessee's defensive coordinator when Haynesworth was suspended.
CNBC's Darren Rovell is reporting the two-game suspension will cost him $164,000.
Suh's suspension for the act itself is justified. His antics on the sideline after he was flagged and ejected for the stomp, as well as his comments immediately following the game make it clear and obvious a suspension was warranted. He questioned the decision of the official to eject him, something very few - if any - would agree with him on. He took it to the media after the game, stating he isn't a dirty player and tried to sell the public on the idea he didn't stop Deitrich-Smith, but was merely trying to regain his balance. In his initial comments to the media, he only apologized to his teammates for "allowing the refs to have an opportunity to take me out of the game."
Not even the Lions bought that excuse. A statement from the team not long after the game read:
"The on-field conduct exhibited by Ndamukong Suh that led to his ejection from yesterday's game was unacceptable and failed to meet the high level of sportsmanship we expect from our players," the team said. "Ndamukong has made many positive contributions to the Lions on and off the field. We expect his behavior going forward to consistently reflect that high standard of professionalism."
Conveniently, not long after that message, Suh wrote a public apology on his Facebook page.
While many are against the strict regulation Goodell has enforced on the game over the past few seasons, this particular act seemed a no-brainer.
Suh has been fined multiple times this year already for a series of late and illegal hits,