Usually Thanksgiving is a time for family and reflection. While Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is known around the NFL for his "bad boy" style of play, that didn't change over the holiday one bit.
After stomping on the arm of Green Bay Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith during the Lions 27-15 Thanksgiving Day loss, the 2010 Defensive Rookie of the Year was penalized, ejected and then suspended for two games by the NFL.
In a conference call with Art Shell Thursday afternoon, Suh had his appeal regarding the suspension, heard. Shell was jointly appointed by the league and the player's association, to hear and handle such cases as Suh's.
"Clearly, they are sending a message. It will also be interesting to see, since the Lions have the right to fine Suh an additional $25,000 for being ejected from the game," said ESPN Senior NFL insider, Chris Mortensen. "That is under the new collective bargaining agreement. We don't know but they could always ask Suh to be evaluated for his anger management, but none of that is spelled out in the statement today."
Meanwhile, the Lions head to New Orleans for Sunday's matchup against the Saints and the league expedited the hearing so the status of Suh's availability could be known to the team prior to game action.
Some say Shell's decision could come as early as Friday.