Friday, November 23, 2012
NFL exec on Suh kick: 'It didn't look good'
By Kevin Seifert
Those interested in whether Ndamukong Suh will be available for the Detroit Lions' next game (or two) should pay attention to some relatively frontal comments from the NFL executive who typically hands out on-field discipline.
After watching Suh kick Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin Thursday, intentionally or otherwise, NFL vice president Ray Anderson's initial response was this: "It didn't look good."
We spent part of Thursday debating the level of intent, if any, in Suh's kick. But based on Anderson's conversation with ESPN's Ed Werder, it sounds as though Suh is not going to get much leeway from the league office.
"Repeat offenders are going to run out of benefit of the doubt faster than someone who is a first-time offender," Anderson said. "If I were a judge in the courtroom, and you're in for a third-time DUI, I'm going to look at that differently than if this is your first DUI -- even if you didn't maim anybody."
Anderson, of course, is referring to a series of NFL fines and also a two-game suspension Suh received last season for stomping on Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith. The NFL typically uses an escalating scale of discipline. So does that mean Suh is in line for a multi-game suspension?
Anderson stopped short of offering that judgment, and the league office isn't expected to look deeply at the issue before Monday. He did, however, say: "When you consider the history, everything is on the table." At this point, I wouldn't rule out anything when it comes to potential punishment. Stay tuned.