DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 24: Defensive end Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions argues with referee Terry McAulay #77 after Suh is ejected from the game for unsportsmanlike conduct in the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers during the Thanksgiving Day game at Ford Field on November 24, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Ndamukong Suh's Two-Game Suspension Upheld After Appeal

Ndamukong Suh's appeal on his two-game suspension for stomping a Packers player has been denied.

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Ndamukong Suh Will Appeal Two-Game Suspension

As expected, Ndamukong Suh will appeal his two-game suspension, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Detroit Lions lineman was suspended earlier on Tuesday for stomping on Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith during Thursday's game.

Ndamukong Suh knows he made a mistake, but he has been encouraged by NFLPA and Roger Goodell to appeal 2-game suspension and he will.
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Suh reportedly called NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Sunday to apologize about the incident. He also apologized for his milquetoast postgame comments in which he attempted to pass the incident off as simply losing his balance.

Whether or not the appeal is successful, though, Suh should be able to play on Sunday when the Detroit Lions play at the New Orleans Saints. Appeals generally take about 10 days to be sorted out and players do not have to serve their suspensions during the appeal. Assuming Suh can play on Sunday, he could still miss a home game against the Minnesota Vikings and potentially a road game against the Oakland Raiders on Dec. 18. Either way, he should be back on the field in time for the Lions' two final games, the last of which is at Green Bay on Jan. 1.

Follow this StoryStream for the latest updates. For more insight and analysis, be sure to check out Lions blog Pride of Detroit.

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Ndamukong Suh's 'Stomp' Explanation Doesn't Fly With Packers

The Green Bay Packers aren't buying Ndamukong Suh's explanation that he merely lost his balance and didn't intentionally pin Evan Dietrich-Smith to the ground before stomping on his arm during the Detroit Lions' loss on Thursday.

"That's (expletive)," guard T.J. Lang said, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "He clearly had Evan by the face mask pinned to the ground. His explanation is crap. There's no room for that. It's a dumb penalty. He hurt his own team today."

Packers tight end Andrew Quarless said he would have retaliated had he been on the field. "He was lucky I wasn't on the field," he said. "Lucky. I'm a New York guy. I don't go for that stuff. It was very unnecessary. I can understand you might get in a scuffle, but you never stomp on a guy. That's like hitting a guy when he's down. You don't do things like that. I was this close to running on the field."

Dietrich-Smith, for what it's worth, seems to be taking the incident in stride. "We're just football players out there playing football," he said. "Sometimes things happen. I don't know what drove him to do what he did. I can't say much else."

Suh's explanation from Thursday's post-game press conference:

"I was on top of a guy being pulled down and trying to get up off the ground, which is why you see me pushing his helmet down," Suh said. "As I'm getting up, I'm getting pushed so I'm getting myself unbalanced. ... With that a lot of people are going to interpret it as or create their own storylines, ... but I know what I did, and the man upstairs knows what I did."

Here's the video one more time:

That video -- combined with Suh's lack of contrition after the game -- has prompted a lot of speculation that he'll ultimately be suspended. Mike Pereira, the NFL's former Vice President of Officiating who currently serves as an analyst for FOX Sports, wrote late Thursday in a column for FOX Sports that he thinks it's already a foregone conclusion: "The question won't be if the NFL will suspend Suh, but when - and for how many games."

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Ndamukong Suh Denies Intentionally Stomping On Player During Thanksgiving Matchup

Ndamukong Suh was ejected in the third quarter of the Detroit Lions matchup with the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving Day after stomping on a downed opponent during a scrum. Suh was clearly seen jamming his foot down on Evan Dietrich-Smith's arm right in front of the referee, and was flagged for a personal foul while being ejected from the game. Now, Suh faces discipline from the league, either in the form of a fine, at best, or a suspension.

For his part, Suh denies intentionally stomping on Dietrich-Smith, instead saying he was off-balance and trying to walk away from the situation.

"I was on top of a guy being pulled down and trying to get up off the ground, which is why you see me pushing his helmet down," Suh said. "As I'm getting up, I'm getting pushed so I'm getting myself unbalanced. ... With that a lot of people are going to interpret it as or create their own storylines, ... but I know what I did, and the man upstairs knows what I did."

Suh's explanation might be believable ... but let's go to the photo.

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Via Will Brinson

The photo makes this quote from Suh interesting, as well.

 

" ... If I see a guy stepping on somebody I feel like they're going to lean into it and forcefully step on that person or stand over that person. I'm going in the opposite direction to where he's at."

You can check out the video of the incident and judge whether the stomp was intentional for yourself.

Check out our Packers blog, Acme Packing Company, for more on the Packers and head on over to Pride of Detroit for more on the Lions. Here's the entire Thanksgiving day football schedule and all the NFL odds and lines for the Week 12 games.

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