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On Ndamukong Suh's impending appeal

Rampant speculation has followed Adam Schefter's report on Ndamukong Suh's plans to appeal his two-game suspension. We have yet to hear from either Suh or the Detroit Lions, but here is what we know:

  • Suh plans to abide by the terms of his suspension this week, staying away from the Lions' practice facility until the appeal is complete.

  • Former NFL coaches Ted Cottrell and Art Shell are the candidates to hear the case and make a decision.

  • A decision would come by the end of the week.

Anything beyond that is guesswork. NF commissioner Roger Goodell contemplated the suspension for a long weekend and it's hard to imagine Cottrell or Shell suddenly reversing it. So at the very least, it seems reasonable that Suh will miss Sunday night's game against the New Orleans Saints.

Would the suspension be cut in half, allowing Suh to return for the Lions' Dec. 11 game against the Minnesota Vikings? I guess it's possible, although I wonder what new information would surface to motivate leniency.

Some of you don't understand why Goodell encouraged Suh to appeal, as Schefter reported. I consider that a matter of semantics. Goodell is highly motivated to ensure the integrity of the discipline and appeal system he has arranged. Encouraging Suh to utilize it lends credence to what could otherwise be viewed as a dead end.

In the end, Suh has extended this spectacle in hopes of getting the suspension reduced. You could say he has nothing to lose. But I still think he would be better off avoiding any suggestion that he is still trying to defend or justify his actions. So it goes.