Ndamukong Suh: NFL to Review Kick Monday, Will Detroit Lions DT Be Suspended?

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Ndamukong Suh: NFL to Review Kick Monday, Will Detroit Lions DT Be Suspended?
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On Monday, the NFL will review the kick that Ndamukong Suh delivered to Matt Schaub in the Detroit Lions' Thanksgiving loss to the Houston Texans, according to Jarrett Bell of USA Today.

Suh was lying on the turf when he appeared to deliver an intentional kick to Schaub’s groin, just moments after the quarterback threw a pass in the first quarter of Thursday’s game.

The initial review will be conducted by NFL vice president Merton Hanks. Vice president of football operations Ray Anderson and fellow league officials Joel Bussert and Ronnie Hill will also be responsible for reviewing the incident, according to Bell. 

The 25-year-old defensive tackle is well known for his unsportsmanlike conduct on the field. He has already been named both the dirtiest and least-liked player in his young NFL career.

Suh was suspended for two games for stomping on Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith in last year’s Thanksgiving game at Ford Field. He was also fined a total of $42,500 for three separate infractions earlier in his career, all of which involved hits on the quarterback.

Anderson indicated to USA Today that Suh’s history would be taken into consideration when the league studies the tape to determine a possible punishment. 

The kick didn’t appear to inflict any serious pain on Schaub, but the league will likely deem it intentional. Nonetheless, regardless of how hard the kick was or whether he even made contact, it's still a stupid, pointless play.

The league will likely also note that it was in no way a football move. With the ball already out of the quarterback’s hands, it’s not as though Suh could have altered the outcome of the play anyway.

Suh should have learned from his suspension last season that there is no place for plays like that in the NFL. Apparently he still needs to work on maintaining his discipline and keeping focused—something he was doing fairly well this season prior to the kick.

The league's review isn't likely to favor Suh, and he should expect at least a fine, if not a suspension as well.

Let’s hope Suh doesn’t plan on making these dirty plays a Thanksgiving tradition. 

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