Lions’ Ndamukong Suh Can Play vs. Cowboys After Winning Appeal

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (AP Photo)
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (AP Photo)
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (AP Photo)

DETROIT (USA Today) — Reprieve granted.

Ndamukong Suh won his appeal of a one-game suspension Tuesday and will play in the Detroit Lions’ wild-card game Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.

Independent arbitrator Ted Cottrell made the decision to repeal Suh’s suspension and instead fine him $70,000 for stepping on the leg of quarterback Aaron Rodgers in a 30-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers last week.

The NFL suspended Suh, who traveled to New York for the hearing, on Monday for what it termed “a non-football act” that placed Rodgers “at unnecessary risk of injury.”

Suh took two backwards steps onto Rodgers’injured left leg after knocking him to the ground on a fourth-quarter pass attempt. NFL vice president of football operations Merton Hanks said in a letter to Suh explaining the punishment that his second step and subsequent push off Rodgers’ leg “clearly could have been avoided.”

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