Suh – Ndamukong Suh will miss two Detroit Lions games without pay for stomping Green Bay Packer Evan Dietrich-Smith on the chest. One observer believes the lineman should give thanks for the suspension.
Dietrich-Smith blocked Suh to the ground before Suh turns him over, shoves his helmet into the turf and, as two Packers intervene, stomps Dietrich-Smith’s arm while the Packers offensive lineman is lying on the ground.
His reaction after the incident drew almost as much criticism as the act itself. He said he was trying to catch his balance and didn’t intentionally step on Dietrich-Smith. However,Suh backtracked from this defense, which critics say was weaker than the New York Giants’Â on Monday night.
Later, via Facebook, Suh apologized, saying, “My reaction on Thursday was unacceptable. … I made a mistake, and have learned from it. I hope to direct the focus back to the task at handÂ — by winning.” He also called NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and apologized for his behavior, according to ESPN.
Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke wrote that in addition to the financial blow, the DT will miss about $164,000 in game-day pay as he sits out against the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings, the Lions will no doubtless miss their 2010 defensive rookie of the year as they scrap it out with the Chicago Bears for second place in the NFC North and, perhaps, a wild-card berth in the playoffs.