Today, NFL Senior Vice President of Communication Greg Aiello announced that Ndamukong Suh will not be suspended by the league. “Our office has notified the Lions that Ndamukong Suh will not be suspended for last Thursday’s incident. It will be reviewed for a potential fine,” Aiello tweeted Monday.
Suh made contact to the groin area of Matt Schaub during the Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day game against the Houston Texans. The play was a hot topic this week on sports programming as analysts discussed whether the kick was on purpose. For the record, Suh was flipped to the ground, landing on his face, after being tackled by offensive tackle Derek Newton, when the kick happened.
Several NFL analysts are calling out Suh and not giving him the benefit of the doubt. I discussed recently that Boomer Esiason called Suh a dirty player. In that article I noted that Esiason said Thursday, “I would never shake this guy’s hand.” Another former NFL player, Shannon Sharpe, had harsh words for the play saying, “I would have gone to my grave believing he did that intentionally.”
Today, Schaub opened up his mouth on the play after being quiet Thursday following the game. On Thursday, Schaub said, “I really don’t have anything to say about that play or that player.” Apparently four days later, Schaub decided he had something to say about the Lions defensive tackle. Today, Schaub told SportsRadio 610 in Houston, “You don’t want a player like that. The stuff that he stands for and the type of player he is, that’s not Houston Texan-worthy.”
Ultimately the league ruled the kick was accidental by Suh. Last year, Suh was suspended after stepping on a Green Bay Packers offensive lineman. The Lions star could still face a fine by the league. Suh’s past history was taken into account by the league, who uses an escalating scale on repeat offenders.