NDAMUKONG SUH is in trouble with the NFL again.
The Detroit defensive tackle was suspended for this Sunday's wild-card playoff game against Dallas for a violation of safety-related playing rules against Green Bay in the season finale.
The league announced yesterday 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, who will be reinstated next Monday, can appeal the suspension within 3 days. 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 today.
Rodgers had an agitated look after the incident, and coach Mike McCarthy said after the game: "There's no place for that. I don't understand it, frankly."
Suh did not speak with reporters at the Lions practice facility.
Lions center Dominic Raiola, coming off his own one-game ban for a similar incident, was enraged by the suspension. "He wasn't even looking at [Rodgers]," Raiola said. "He was getting pushed back a little bit . . . There is no way, at that point in the game, that he did something like that on purpose."
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 will not be permitted to attend team meetings and functions, attend or watch practices, appear at the club's facilities for any reason, or have contact with any club personnel except to arrange off-site medical treatment or rehabilitation.
* Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel apologized to his 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 a medical treatment for a hamstring injury. He said he overslept, but denied he threw a party Friday that also caused receiver Josh Gordon to miss a team walk-through and draw a suspension for the season finale. Manziel said he let his "guard down a little bit" and went out Friday night with friends from Texas.
* Quarterback Kyle Orton surprised the Bills by announcing his intention to retire at 32.
* Dallas coach Jason Garrett essentially ruled out defensive tackle Henry Melton (knee) against Detroit.
* Cincinnati receiver A.J. Green is being evaluated for a concussion after a hit knocked him out of Sunday's game.
* Pittsburgh running back Le'Veon Bell did not sustain structural damage to his right knee Sunday night against Cincinnati, but it was hyperextended and it is unclear if Bell will be available for Saturday's wild-card game against Baltimore.