Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh told the NFL during his suspension appeal hearing that his feet were so numb during the game at Green Bay on Sunday that he couldn't tell the difference between Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' leg and the frozen ground, according to a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Suh was suspended one game for "violating playing rules prohibiting unnecessary roughness" after stepping on Rodgers' left calf and ankle during the fourth quarter of Green Bay's 30-20 victory. That ban was overturned on Tuesday.
Instead, Suh was fined $70,000 and will suit up for the NFC Wild Card matchup against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday after an arbitrator heard Suh's appeal.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tweeted that arbitrator Ted Cotrell did not accept Suh's numbness argument.
"The only thing I can say is if you step on something in your everyday life or if you step on somebody on the field," Rodgers said, according to ESPN.com, "the first reaction seems to be looking back and maybe apologizing with your hands or maybe pulling your foot back right away, and I'm just not sure that's what happened on Sunday."
Suh, who had 53 total tackles and 8.5 sacks in 2014, has been fined $400,000 by the league during his five NFL seasons.
- Scooby Axson