Posted by Josh Katzowitz
We told you Tuesday about the two-game suspension handed down to Ndamukong Suh by the NFL for stomping all over our hopes and dreams the arm of Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith last Thursday and about how Suh -- who didn’t apologize and then did -- immediately appealed Roger Goodell’s decision.
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According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Suh’s appeal will be heard via conference call Thursday at 3 p.m. ET by former Raiders coach Art Shell.
The interesting thing about the appeals officer is that Shell has been in management as a head coach but he also knows what it’s like to play the game as well -- he was a Hall of Fame left tackle for the Raiders from 1968-82. And according to NFL.com’s Jason LaCanfora, Shell isn’t necessarily biased against one side or the other.
Shell is not a league employee, and he’s compensated by the NFL AND the NFLPA. So, Suh should get as fair a hearing as possible. So, you might see Suh’s punishment slightly reduced (we have seen the league willing to bend on that issue before), and if not, he'll be eligible to return to the team Dec. 12 before a road game against Oakland. But for Shell to overturn the entire suspension: don’t count on that to happen.
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