Breathe easy, Lions fans. Ndamukong Suh won his appeal of the one-game suspension handed down by the NFL Overlords yesterday and he’s eligible, once more, to take the field against Dallas on Sunday. Instead, Suh will be fined $70,000 for his newly declared not-stomp on Aaron Rodgers on Sunday.
The NFL’s official release doesn’t give any reason why the punishment was changed, though Judy Battista explains that NFL vice president of operations Merton Hanks thought Suh’s step on Rodgers was bad enough to merit suspension even though technically for Suh it would be considered a first-time offense under a 2014 repeat offender policy that wipes clean a player’s record if they go 32 straight games without an infraction.
NFL appeals officer Ted Cottrell disagreed with Hanks and reduced the suspension to a fine.
Suh suspension overturned. Merton Hanks can go back to fleecing players out of thousands of dollars for sock/shoe violations.
— Brian McIntyre (@brian_mcintyre) December 30, 2014