Cowboys Face Suh; NFL Allows Lions DT Back
The Dallas Cowboys are not stunned by the news that Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been, essentially, "un-suspended'' from Sunday’s playoff game; their early-week preparation includes the possibility of the Lions star being allowed to participate.
But Valley Ranch was nevetheless abuzz with the news that the controversial Suh -- who has been punished 10 times in his career for on-field nonsense -- has won the appeal of a one-game suspension and will play on Sunday at Dallas.
Rather than being suspended, Suh will be fined $70,000 for stomping on the leg of downed Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The action seemed intentional -- the Packers certainly thought so and Suh's reputation as a dirty player makes the assumption fit. The fine means he'll be losing money to participate. He is also losing the respect of others in the fraternity ... including a frank Jeremy Mincey, the Cowboys defensive lineman, who tells CowboysHQ.com:
"I love how hard he plays (but) ... I didn't understand that. You've got to play the game the right way.''
Now that the NFL has flip-flopped in its view, Cowboys offensive lineman Zack Martin and mates have themselves a challenge.
We can joke that Suh is so dirty that it's only midweek and he's already plotting on how to stomp on Martin's bum ankle, DeMarco's busted hand and Romo's broken back. But the Cowboys are playing it much cooler than that. Coach Jason Garrett calmly acknowledged that he was aware of the news as it was coming down. And Mincey believes Suh should be as concerned about the Dallas offensive line as the Cowboys are concerned about him.
"Good for him,'' Mincey said. "Either way. I'm sure the offense is scheming up something good for him. We got to get in his head. Get him a little frustrated. We've got tough guys, too. Nobody's backing down because Suh's playing.''
*Henry Melton (knee) has been placed on a season-ending injury list. The Cowboys have signed to the roster veteran linebacker James Anderson, a long-time Panther and former third-round guy from the 2006 draft.
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