Here’s Ndamukong Suh’s excuse for stepping on Aaron Rodgers
The Detroit Lions are fortunate to have All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh back after it appeared he’d have to sit out their first playoff game for stepping on the leg of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The NFL initially suspended Suh for the Week 17 incident, but he won his appeal on Tuesday to get the ruling overturned, thus allowing him to play against the Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card round.
During the appeal, Suh argued that because his feet were numb, he couldn’t tell the difference between the ground and Rodgers’ leg, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. As weak as that defense sounds, it apparently helped Suh win his appeal to avoid the one-game suspension the NFL handed down Monday.
Suh also won his appeal because the league didn’t view him as a repeat offender. According to the NFL collective bargaining agreement, players are not considered repeat offenders if they do not commit a player-safety violation for 32 straight games. Before Sunday, Suh had gone 33 games without a player-safety violation, barely getting him over the line. However, Suh has a history of such violations, most famously for a two-game suspension in 2011 for stomping on Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith.
While it’s true that Lambeau Field was frigid Sunday, with the wind chill putting the temperature in the teens at kickoff, Suh should still feel lucky that the NFL is allowing him to play Sunday.