Lions' Ndamukong Suh Avoids Suspension for Latest on-Field Incident

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistNovember 26, 2012

Ndamukong Suh has earned his reputation as one of the NFL's dirtiest players, but he will not be suspended for his most recent act.

NFL PR's Greg Aiello had the news on Monday:

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

The incident in question looked like this:

Whether or not it really was intentional will never be known, but it's not hard to imagine. Suh takes no prisoners on the football field, and he doesn't care how violent he gets at times.

His leg clearly strikes Matt Schaub in the groin, but it definitely could have been an accident. It's hard to tell.

Everyone remembers Suh stomping on the Packers' Evan Dietrich-Smith in one of last year's Thanksgiving day games. Now, one year later, he's under scrutiny for another questionable instance—although this wasn't as blatant.

Suh was voted by his peers as the NFL's dirtiest player earlier this year in a Sporting News poll. His reputation is as big as his stature, and his play consistently backs it up.

Even going back to college, everyone has to remember him tossing Colt McCoy almost five yards in the 2009 Big 12 Championship. It wasn't a dirty play, but the violence that he plays with is obvious.

Whether it be somewhat dirty hits that are technically legal or simply brutalizing players in the trenches with his sheer strength, Suh doesn't seem like the nicest guy to play against. That can help a defensive player produce, but it can also lead to situations like this.

A fine seems necessary here, even though he won't be taking any time off. He must learn to harness his energy into actual gameplay, as opposed to these frequent extracurricular activities that he finds himself in the middle of.

Some may say Suh is misunderstood, but plays like this will start to stack up against him. For being such a young player, he already has the attention of every NFL referee.

He must be happy that the league office saw things his way this time, but he may not be so lucky if something else happens in the future.