Lions’ Suh not suspended for Thanksgiving Day kick
The NFL decided not to suspend Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for his kick to the groin of Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub on Thanksgiving Day.
Suh struck Schaub with his left foot as he was falling to the ground in the first quarter of Detroit’s 34-31 loss to the Texans.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello initially broke the news on his Twitter account, stating “Our office has notified the Lions that N Suh will not be suspended for last Thursday’s incident. It will be reviewed for a potential fine.”
Our office has notified the Lions that N Suh will not be suspended for last Thursday’s incident. It will be reviewed for a potential fine.
— Greg Aiello (@gregaiello) November 26, 2012
Suh’s kick stirred up controversy almost immediately due to the third-year player’s checkered past. The 25-year-old has been fined four times in his career, including a two-game suspension without pay for stomping the arm of Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith last Thanksgiving, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Suh’s actions Thursday against the Texans did not draw a penalty flag and the league almost certainly did not suspend the defensive tackle because it was hard to determine on video if the kick was intentional or not.
The Lions will return to action this Sunday to face the Indianapolis Colts with Suh in the lineup.