Should Detroit Lion's Ndamukong Suh Be Suspended?

Russell IvanacSenior Analyst IAugust 30, 2010

DETROIT - AUGUST 28:  Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions tackles Jake Delhomme #17 of the Cleveland Browns during a preseason game on August 28, 2010 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Suh was called for a personal foul on the play for grabbing the face mask. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Well it didn't take long for Suh to make a vicious impact on the NFL.

In a style befitting how Suh mangled quarterbacks on the college level, the new Detroit Lion has garnered some attention in a less than positive light.

In the second quarter of Saturday's pre-season game against the Cleveland Browns Suh wrestled his way through the Brown's offensive line and found his way to quarterback Jake Delhomme. Then he made his presence known.

Was the hit excessive? Absolutely.

You can't facemask, wrap up and thrown a quarterback to the ground by his head and not expect some kind of backlash. 

The NFL will almost undoubtedly be taking a chunk out of Suh's bank account, but Brown's back-up quarterback Seneca Wallace doesn't think that is enough. Wallace wants Suh to be suspended.

So the question becomes, is that fair?

To answer that, we need to look no further than last year when then Carolina Panther Dante Weasley earned himself a one-game suspension.

Was the hit excessive? Absolutely.

Weasley launched himself full force into an unsuspecting, unprotected player and was only handed a one game suspension. In that situation, it would have been a penalty if Weasley had only touched the returner, let alone knock him into next week. And again, the league only gave him a one game suspension.

Another thing to note is that, while Weasley's hit cause both teams to rush the field, none of Delhomme's teammates felt the need to act. This is magnified by the fact that in the above video you can clearly see at least two Brown's offensive lineman watch Suh throw Delhomme to the ground.

Clearly Suh's actions were not as severe, and as such should not be punished as severely. A fine is definitely in order, but a suspension would be too much for this isolated incident.

In all fairness though, you would have thought that Delhomme's teammate Colt McCoy would have warned him about Suh.