Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 11/24/11
It's one thing to be considered a tough, physical or hard-nosed player. It's quite another to be considered dirty. But after Thursday's performance at Ford Field during the Packers' 27-15 win, I'm afraid it's going to hard for anyone to think anything differently of the Lions' Ndamukong Suh. The question won't be if the NFL will suspend Suh, but when - and for how many games. Suh was ejected in the third quarter with a little more than nine minutes remaining and the Lions trailing 7-0. The Packers were facing a third-and-goal from the Detroit 3-yard line, and after Aaron Rogers threw an incomplete pass, Suh -- who had been scuffling with Green Bay's Evan Dietrich-Smith during the play -- got up from the ground and stomped on Deitrich-Smith's arm. That came after Suh jammed Deitrich-Smith's helmeted head to the ground three times before getting up. Not only was it dumb, but I think the game turned on that one play. Instead of looking at a field goal, the Packers got a first-and-goal from the 1-yard line. They scored a couple of plays later to make it 14-0. On the Lions' next series, quarterback Matthew Stafford was intercepted and one play later Rogers threw a touchdown pass to James Jones to make it 21-0. Game over. Suh's not dirty, he's filthy. This guy has a history. An ugly one at that. Just look at the facts: Since coming into the league in 2010, Suh has nine personal fouls, more than any player in the NFL. Prior to the Packers game, Suh had already been fined more than $42,000 for three personal fouls this season. With his total now up to four, he'll probably be suspended without pay. A personal foul one thing, but what Suh did on Thursday was as a non-football act. When a player hits another player with a late hit or commits a helmet-to-helmet hit, those are considered football plays. Stomping or somebody or spitting on someone - those are considered premeditated acts. In 2006, the league suspended Albert Haynesworth when he was with Tennessee for five games - the longest-ever punishment in the NFL for on-field behavior - for stepping on Dallas center Andre Gurode's head. Suh met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recently to discuss his on-field play and afterwards said he had a better understanding of how to play the game within the rules. I would say he needs another lesson - or two. Maybe three. And to make matters worse, after the game Thursday, Suh said that he was trying to regain his balance while pushing Dietrich-Smith's head to the turf and then stomping on his arm. Who knew he was a comedian? The good news is he'll probably have a lot more time to work on his routine during his suspension.
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