Jay Glazer of Fox Sports is reporting that the Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions has been suspended for two games by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, which may make him unavailable to play against the Saints on Sunday night.
Looks like it hit the "Twitterverse" first (shoutout to GRUMPS! for posting this first in a fanshot):
Lions have been informed by league office that Ndamukong Suh has been suspended by Commissioner 2 games without pay.
That comes from Glazer's Twitter feed page.
Make the jump for more details...
UPDATE: Looks like ESPN.com's treating the suspension as a done deal with a bit more depth and supporting evidence in a story by the ESPN.com news services with help from the Associated Press that posted at 12:50 pm EST.
Glazer has also tweeted that the sanctions will not include any mandated counseling:
Also, it's a straight 2-game suspension without any stipulation by league that he has to go through any sort of anger mgmt counseling. He still may by team's advice but its not part of it
And he's reporting that there will be an expedited hearing process should Suh choose to appeal...
Suh IS allowed to appeal and if he does there would likely be an expedited hearing before he misses this week's game.
So, if he appeals, a final decision should be made before the Lions play the Saints on Sunday night. We'll see how that plays out.
I heard an interview with Glazer on NFL Network in which he said that the appeal officers are former NFL player and head coach Art Shell and longtime NFL defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell, for what it's worth.
SI.com has the AP report on this, and describes the incident thusly:
Suh stomped on the arm of Green Bay 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 report also notes the most recent suspension of this nature, from five years ago...
In 2006, the NFL suspended Titans DT Albert Haynesworth for five games for swiping his cleats across the head of helmetless Dallas center Andre Gurode.
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So, what do you think of this development. Should he appeal? Should he win his appeal? Was the two-game suspension merited, or too much/not enough? Would you rather face the Lions with or without Suh? (I think I hear U2 cutting this track right now with Weird Al)