After indicating that he would appeal the two-game suspension handed down to him by the league, Ndamukong Suh was notified today that it was denied. The appeal, which was heard and decided on by Art Shell, would have most likely lessened Suh’s suspension from two games to one.
As a result, Suh will not only miss Sunday night’s game against the New Orleans Saints, but will sit out next week’s game against the Minnesota Vikings as well. It also means he will not be allowed at the Detroit Lions facility until Dec. 12.
The NFL’s statement on the ruling was:
Art Shell has notified Ndamukong Suh, the Lions, the NFLPA, and the NFL that Suh’s appeal of his two-game suspension by NFL Vice President Merton Hanks has been denied. Suh is suspended for the Lions’ next two games and will be reinstated to the active roster on December 12.
The suspension comes after Suh was ejected in the Thanksgiving day game against the Packers. After a play in the first half, Suh stomped on the Packers Evan Dietrich-Smith. In the post-game press conference, Suh acted defiant and unapologetic. Despite issuing an apology the following day and calling commisioner Roger Goodell, a two-game suspension without pay was issued.
According to the Detroit Free Press, this is only the second multiple-game suspension for on the field conduct issued by Goodell. The other was Albert Haynesworth for stomping on a player in 2006. He got a five-game suspension.