Not only is the NFL's suspension of Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh going to keep him out of the team's next two games, but it is also going to keep him away from the team for the next two weeks. As part of the suspension, Suh is actually banned from being around the team until he is reinstated on Dec. 12.
Here's the NFL's full statement on the suspension:
NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks notified Ndamukong Suh today that he has been suspended without pay for the Lions’ next two games for his unsportsmanlike conduct in the Lions-Packers game on Thanksgiving Day. It was Suh’s fifth violation of on-field rules in the past two seasons that has resulted in league discipline. Suh may not practice or be at the team practice facility for any other activities during the two-game suspension. He will be reinstated on December 12. Under the CBA, the suspension may be appealed within three business days. If appealed, an expedited hearing and decision would take place this week in advance of this weekend’s games.
Two things are worth noting from that. First, Suh had been fined four times before the latest incident. We had only previously heard about fines for Suh's hits on Jake Delhomme, Jay Cutler and Andy Dalton. It turns out Suh was fined $5,000 for using an opponent to gain leverage on a field goal block against the Jets last year, according to John Niyo. That seems a bit ridiculous.
The other thing worth noting is that if an appeal is filed, it would not allow Suh to play on Sunday against the Saints. The thinking was he could appeal the suspension in order to play on Sunday, but since the NFL is planning an expedited hearing if an appeal is filed, there is no loophole.