As first reported by FOX Sports' Jay Glazer, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been hit with a two-game suspension for his stomp on Thanksgiving. The Lions were apparently informed of the decision this morning by the NFL. Suh's suspension is for the next two games and is without pay, according to Glazer.
For Suh off the field, this means he will lose around $164,000 in pay. The Lions could also fine him up to $25,000 for the incident, although there has been no indication that they will add on to the NFL's punishment.
For the Lions on the field, they will be without Suh for Sunday night's game against the Saints and next week's game against the Vikings unless an appeal holds things up. On the one hand, losing Suh will make an upset of the Saints even more unlikely than it previously was. Then again, my confidence in the Lions winning even with Suh wasn't very high, and they should be able to beat the Vikings at home without him. The key will be getting him back for the final three games as the Lions try to make a run at the playoffs.
Personally, I think a two-game suspension is fine. I don't think Suh set out to hurt anybody with his stomp, but at the same time, it was a moronic move that cost his team in more ways than one. Fair or not, the fines haven't sent a message that he has to be a bit more careful, so hopefully the suspension will and this will be the last time we ever have to talk about fines and suspensions with him.