Suh’s agent told Fox Sports Detroit that he is going to appeal against the ban. “He’s going to appeal,” Suh’s agent, Roosevelt Barnes, said, “We just don’t know exactly when, what we have to do.”
NFL’s vice president of football operations has already said in a statement that any appeal process would be accelerated so that the decision can be handed over to him before the Sunday game. Suh has in fact only three business days to make an appeal. The NFL looks quite sure on how they want to deal with Suh and his recurrent indiscipline. They really want to get it over with that’s why they will accelerate the appeal process, hear him out, deny the appeal and hand him his two match sentence. The public, more than the NFL, wouldn’t allow anytime lesser than that.
“He’s devastated,” Barnes said. “He really is. Missing games means a lot to the guy. He regrets doing it. He takes a lot of pride in being excellent. This really bothers him. It hurts him.”
To be involved in the game and having certain tenacity about your game is one thing. But to go all out into confrontations off the ball is a totally different matter altogether. What Suh does is mostly off the ball and what happened in the game against the Packers was off the ball as well. You don’t push people into the ground and stomp on them and claim it to be an increased degree of involvement in the game; that is just wrong. The NFL in its announcement also claimed this to be Suh’s fifth on field violation.
The Lions will most likely be able to beat Minnesota even without Suh in their line-up. But their real test comes against the Saints who are unbeaten at home and are averaging more than 41 points per game at home. It will be difficult for the Lions to beat the Saints without a key player in their squad; Ndamukong Suh.
The Lions will most probably be 1-1 in the next two games and it actually makes the absence of Suh almost unmissed. But if this 2 game suspension is what takes for a player like Suh to clean up his game then be it.
I personally like to watch Suh play because he is a passionate player and is an undeniable talent. But he is laying himself to waste if he does not learn how to keep his passion and aggression on the right side of the line. Suh will ultimately make himself a liability for the Lions if he does not change quickly.