What's next for Suh? Likely first move is a suspension
Not sure when or if Ndamukong Suh will be suspended, but expect that he will be. He’s a repeat offender so Roger Goodell will have good reason to make him sit for a game or two, maybe more. He did sit most of the second half on Thursday after his ejection so maybe that will go toward time served.
Don’t know if it will make a difference in Goodell’s decision, but Suh didn’t apologize to the Packers after the game. Through the media he said he wanted to apologize only to his teammates, his “true fans” and his coaches. But several of the Lions said that after the game he had not apologized directly to them. Any game he misses, will hurt the Lions’ chances of winning. The next game is at New Orleans on Dec. 4 in a game that has been moved to 8:30 p.m. on NBC.
Other than the suspension what will happen to Suh in the aftermath of the ugly incident with Green Bay’s Evan Dietrich-Smith?
My guess is that some of his teammates, including Corey Williams and Kyle Vanden Bosch, will have a long talk with him. Football is a team game and Suh is hurting his team with his actions. Williams and Vanden Bosch are examples that you can play hard-nosed football within the rules, or mostly within them. They’re veterans and perhaps they can make him listen.
Coach Jim Schwartz and Gunther Cunningham will also likely have more chats with Suh. They can’t afford him to go unchecked and so undisciplined. Despite a number of fines and penalties, Suh has been adamant that he’s not changing the way he plays.
Here’s one thing I found really odd on Thursday. When the media got down to the Lions press conference room near the locker room after the game, Suh was standing in the hall, dressed and talking to his sister. It seems like he should have been in the locker room talking to his teammates and coaches. Perhaps apologizing, maybe asking for their opinions. Corey Williams said he hadn’t spoken to Suh after the game. When asked, Matthew Stafford said he had not heard an apology.
The timing just seemed odd. It’s a team game and players should stick together.
Suh, who is fully aware of his image, could see that damaged too. Kevin Seifert who covers the NFC North for ESPN.com had a good point today wondering if Suh will lose some of his endorsement deals including Chrysler and Subway. He’s made a name for himself in two seasons, but not necessarily one that’s positive for advertisers.
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