Once again, Ndamukong Suh fought the law.
The law won.
The NFL annouced through a release to the Associated Press and the Detroit Free Press that the LB's two-game suspension will be upheld. This means that Suh will not play against the New Orleans SaintsÂ when the 7-4 Lions square in New Orleans Sunday night (8:20 ET on NBC).
The leagueÂ saidÂ Suh will serve the two-game suspension brought down by the NFL after Suh kicked and stompedÂ Green Bay Packers offensive guard Evan Dietrich-Smith in a Thanksgiving Day loss to the Super Bowl champs.
It is the first suspension for Suh, who has been fined several times in his two-year NFL career for on-field incidents, the first player suspension under the new CBA, and the second player suspension for on-field conduct under commissioner Roger Goodell. Then-Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was suspended for five games in 2006 for stomping on the head of Dallas Cowboys center Andre Gurode.
The statement in part reads:Â
NFL-NFLPA on-field appeals officer Art Shell has notified Ndamukong Suh, the Lions, the NFLPA, and the NFL that Suh's appeal of his two-game suspension by NFL Vice President Merton Hanks has been denied. Under the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement, Shell is one of two officers jointly appointed and compensated by the NFL and NFLPA to decide the appeals of on-field player discipline.Â Ted Cottrell is the other NFL-NFLPA appeals officer for on-field violations.
Suh is suspended for the Lions' next two games and will be reinstated to the active roster on December 12.
Lions presidentÂ Tom Lewand said that, "We respect the disciplinary process.Â Obviously, today's ruling does not impact our preparations for this week's game. We remain exclusively focused on the New Orleans Saints."