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Originally published December 29, 2014 at 9:00 PM | Page modified December 30, 2014 at 7:37 PM

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Lions’ Ndamukong Suh is suspended for playoff game

Ndamukong Suh is in trouble with the league again. The Detroit defensive tackle was suspended for Sunday’s wild-card playoff game in Dallas for a violation of safety-related playing rules against Green Bay in the regular-season finale.


The Associated Press

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NEW YORK – Ndamukong Suh is in trouble with the league again.

The Detroit defensive tackle was suspended for Sunday’s wild-card playoff game in Dallas for a violation of safety-related playing rules against Green Bay in the regular-season finale.

League officials announced Monday that Suh was suspended for stepping on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ left leg twice, once with each foot. Suh also applied pressure and pushed off Rodgers’ unprotected leg with his left foot, violating unnecessary-roughness rules, the league said in a statement.

Suh can appeal the suspension. He can ask for an expedited appeal, which would be heard by Ted Cottrell, a hearing officer employed by the NFL and the players’ union. No hearing is scheduled, but one could happen as soon as Tuesday.

Rodgers had an agitated look after the incident, and Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said after the game: “There’s no place for that. I don’t understand it, frankly.”

On Monday, McCarthy backed off a bit, saying: “I was hoping this wouldn’t go this way. That was a hell of a football game played yesterday, and that’s what I really came here to talk about.”

Suh is a repeat offender, with a long list of fines and one previous suspension, for two games in 2011 for stepping on the right arm of Packers lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith.

Suh has been fined seven times in his career, but this is the first in 2014.

Suh was fined $100,000 for an illegal block on Vikings center John Sullivan in 2013 during an interception return. That was the largest fine in league history for on-field conduct, not counting suspensions.

This week’s suspension was imposed by Merton Hanks, the league’s vice president of football operations. Hanks ruled Suh engaged in a non-football act that placed his opponent at unnecessary risk of injury.

Notes

Johnny Manziel says the party is over. The Cleveland Browns want to believe him.

The high-profile rookie quarterback apologized to Browns teammates — and Cleveland fans — for a season of distractions and vowed again to change.

Manziel was fined over the weekend by the team after he missed medical treatment for a hamstring injury. Manziel said he overslept, but denied he threw a party Friday night that also caused standout wide receiver Josh Gordon to miss a team walk-through and draw a suspension for the season finale in Baltimore.

Just last week, Manziel promised a new approach. Johnny Football said he means it this time.

“It’s about actions,” he said. “It’s about being accountable and doing what I’m going to say.”

Browns officials have heard Manziel, 22, make similar promises.

“He realizes this, that at some point, talk is cheap,” coach Mike Pettine said.

• Quarterback Kyle Orton, 32, told the Buffalo Bills he plans to retire.

The surprise decision places further emphasis on the team’s offseason need to address what has long been an unsettled position. The Bills (9-7) announced Orton’s decision a day after he led them to a 17-9 victory at New England.

In electing to retire, Orton is passing up the chance to make a $5.4 million base salary he was due next year.



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