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Don't expect huge Suh punishment

Posted on: November 25, 2011 9:06 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2011 2:58 pm

Ndamukong Suh has apologized for his turkey day stupidity. It's a good start. Though he needs to apologize to the man who's body he attacked like it was a wing minus the stuffing.

But there is something bigger than his apology. It is this: if you expect a lengthy, hard punishment for Suh, you might be disappointed. I could be wrong but numerous signs point to Suh getting no more than a fine and one-game suspension.

Here's why. Aside from the notorious Albert Haynesworth head stomp, there hasn't been more than a one-game suspension for on-field violations in the Roger Goodell years, and Suh was tossed for the second half of the game, so that should tell you something.

Again: Goodell has not issued lengthy suspensions for on-field infractions. It just has not been his way. That could change with this but it seems unlikely.

During the Goodell administration, there have been the following suspensions for on-field violations:

Haynesworth – five games.

Roy Williams--one game (after third illegal horse collar tackle of season).

Elbert Mack--one game (launched helmet-to-helmet against Matt Ryan on interception; second flagrant hit in three games). And Eric Smith, one game suspension plus a $50,000 fine (flagrant helmet-to-helmet hit on Anquan Boldin).

Dante Wesley--one game (launch and hit Tampa’s Clifton Smith in head with shoulder and forearm before he had touched ball).

In 2010, there were no suspensions.

So, see the pattern there? Goodell seems to draw a distinction between off-field bad behavior and on it. Again, he could change course, but it seems like Suh will miss a maximum of one game.

Category: NFL
Tags: Lions

Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 9:56 pm

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

I am a long time lions fan and love how Suh plays but he should at least get 3 games for this, there is no defending him on this one. i hope they do suspend him so maybe he will learn because fines dont hurt a rich man but take his livly hood from him and he will think diferent next time. he has one hell of a motor but cant turn it off and over heats. hope he can change because dam he is one hell of a player and very young so hopefully there is a chance for him to change it around, hey vick got a second chance so there is hope still

Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: November 25, 2011 9:34 pm

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

I remember the Haynesworth play happening, but don't remember how it happened.  Someone stated in another thread the guy whose head he stomped on didn't have a helmet on?!?!  I think the writer here is spot on -- I wouldn't even be suprised if they don't suspend him (though he deserves to be in my eyes) as his actions were nothing close to what Haynesworth did and it was nowhere near as bad as helmet to helmet hits are on opposing players.

In the end -- he still kicked at the guy and should be dealt with accordingly.  At some point he needs to be held accountable for his actions.  The fines he is levied are pointless to a guy making millions a year.  As much as it will suck as a Lions fan to be without him during the stretch run -- I think he needs to be suspended.

Since: Feb 6, 2007
Posted on: November 25, 2011 9:32 pm

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

I was a big fan of Suh, I still enjoy watching his talent but I can't say I am a huge fan of him. I thought he got a bad rap at first with all the dirty player talk, but the more I watch him play the more I agree that he is a dirty player. I enjoy watching them go hard through the whistle but he not only takes it to an unwarranted extreme, it is at times stupid and  beginning to hurt the team. His penalty yesterday changed the entire complexion of the game... HORRIBLY STUPID on his part in such a huge game. By the way I had my money on the Packers -6.5. His penalty definitely helped me on that one so I guess I'm a fan of that penalty.

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