The NFL denied Ndamukong Suh's appeal of his two-game suspension for stomping on Green Bay's Evan Dietrich-Smith, meaning Suh will be miss Detroit's critical game Sunday in New Orleans and its home game the following week against Minnesota.
Suh's appeal was heard Thursday by Art Shell, who is employed by the NFL and NFLPA to oversee such cases.
The odds that Suh's appeal would lead to his suspension being overturned were low, but there was some speculation that the punishment would be lowered to a one-game penalty. Instead, Suh will not be able to play or practice with the Lions until after Week 14.
What shape Detroit's playoff push is in at that point will be up to the rest of the team, including Suh's replacements, a list that will include Sammie Lee Hill, Nick Fairley and Andre Fluellen. All three figure to see at least some playing time Sunday night against the high-powered Saints offense.
Under normal circumstances, by filing an appeal on his suspension, Suh would have been eligible for this week's game while that appeal was pending. However, the NFL expedited the process in this case, so Shell could hear the appeal prior to Week 13.
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