Lions’ Suh Avoids NFL Suspension for Foot to Schaub’s Groin

Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions won’t be suspended after his foot struck Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin during a Nov. 22 game.

The National Football League notified the Lions yesterday that Suh wouldn’t be banned, though the play will be reviewed for a potential fine, Greg Aiello, a spokesman for the league, said in a Twitter post.

Suh, a defensive lineman, didn’t receive a penalty for the incident, in which he fell to the ground and rolled over a Houston offensive lineman before his foot extended and kicked Schaub. NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson said last week it was an “unnatural football motion.”

The play came one year after Suh stomped on the arm of a Green Bay Packers’ player in another Thanksgiving Day holiday game. He was suspended for two games for that infraction and offered a public apology. Suh was fined three times by the NFL prior to last year’s suspension and met with league Commissioner Roger Goodell in New York last year to discuss how to better play within the rules.

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