Report: Suh's suspension could be downgraded

According to league insider Jason La Canfora, Ndamukong Suh -- and by association, the Detroit Lions -- might be on the receiving end of some league grace.

According to league insider Jason La Canfora, Ndamukong Suh -- and by association, the Detroit Lions -- might be on the receiving end of some league grace.

Suh was handed a one-game suspension after the NFL deemed he intentionally stepped on the foot of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in Sunday's 30-20 loss at Green Bay. In his letter to Suh, NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks wrote, "you unnecessarily stepped on your opponent’s unprotected leg as he lay on the ground unable to protect himself."

But La Canfora wrote Tuesday he believed Suh might receive a "huge fine instead" upon the league's pending review of the defensive tackle's appeal.

And that means Suh would be eligible to play in next Sunday's wild card tilt at Dallas.

La Canfora's report might have merit. After all, not only have previous suspensions been overturned and/or downgraded, especially in circumstances as ambiguous as Suh's alleged antic, but a substantial fine would actually be more financially detrimental to Suh -- who would only miss out on a $22,000 game check if the current punishment stands, a paltry amount compared to what the league might have in mind.

Suh is a key component to Detroit's league-best run defense. Facing a dynamic Cowboys' rushing attack, his absence has been considered almost insurmountable.

The league has not placed a timetable on when it will review Suh's appeal, although a decision is expected this week. Until a decision is made, Suh is withheld from any team activities until Monday, January 5.


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