Ndamukong Suh suspension overturned on appeal

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Ndamukong Suh suspension overturned on appeal
Tuesday December 30th, 2014

Ndamukong Suh's one-game suspension for stepping on Aaron Rodgers' leg has been overturned on appeal. 

The Detroit Lions defensive tackle will instead be fined $70,000. Suh will now be eligible to play in the Detroit Lions' NFC Wild Card game vs. the Cowboys in Dallas on Sunday.

Suh was caught on camera stepping twice on the leg of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in Sunday's 30-20 Packers win. Rodgers had injured the leg earlier in the game.

• Rodgers responds to Suh's stomp

​Suh was not flagged on the play, but in the NFL's initial ruling on the suspension, it described Rodgers as "in a defenseless posture." After Suh stepped back onto Rodgers the first time, he did so again with his other foot, "applying pressure and unnecessarily pushing off Rodgers’ unprotected leg with his left foot, violating playing rules prohibiting unnecessary roughness."

Having Suh active for Sunday's postseason opener is significant for the Lions, who ended the regular season 11-5, second in the NFC North behind the 12-4 Packers. The playoff game will be Detroit's first since January 2012, when it lost a wild card game to the New Orleans Saints.

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The Cowboys (12-4) finished the regular season on a four-game winning streak, but went only 4-4 at home.

Mike Fiammetta

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