Twentyman: Suh will not be suspended by the NFL for Thanksgiving Day kick

Posted Nov 26, 2012

Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will not be suspended by the NFL for a kick to the groin of Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the teams 34-31 loss on Thanksgiving.

Suh wasn’t penalized for his kick of Schaub, which came with 6:49 to play in the first quarter, after right tackle Derek Newton spun Suh to the ground and he struck Shaub with his left foot in what NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson called a “unnatural football motion” late last week.

NFL senior vice president of communications Greg Aiello tweeted Monday:

“Our office has notified the Lions that Ndamukong Suh will not be suspended for last Thursday’s incident. It will be reviewed for a potential fine.”

Suh was kicked out of a Thanksgiving loss to the Green Bay Packers last year and suspended two games after he stomped on the arm of offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith.

Suh wasn’t available for comment after the game on Thursday.

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said in his post-game press conference that he didn’t see the kick live but would “be very surprised if it was anything other than just the natural course of the game.”

Schuab told a Houston radio station on Monday that he wouldn’t want a player like Suh on his football team.

“You don’t want a player like that,” he said. “The stuff that he stands for and the type of player he is, that’s not Houston Texan worthy. That’s not what we’re about as a football team, as individuals, as collectively as a group. We’re not that type of person.”

The Lions will host Indianapolis on Sunday.