Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is piling up some gaudy numbers in his first two seasons -- nine personal-foul penalties, $47,500 in fines, $165,000 in lost salary and, as the NFL decreed Tuesday morning, a two-game suspension.
Suh received a two-game ban for his unsportsmanlike conduct in the Lions-Packers game on Thanksgiving Day, according to a statement from the league. "It was Suh's fifth violation of on-field rules in the past two seasons that has resulted in league discipline," the statement noted.
Suh appealed the suspension.
"He's devastated," Suh's agent, Roosevelt Barnes, told Mike O'Hara of Fox Sports Detroit. "He really is. Missing games means a lot to this guy. He regrets doing it. He takes a lot of pride in being excellent. This really bothers him. It hurts him."
According to the league's statement, a ruling on the appeal will be expedited and made before the Lions play Sunday at New Orleans.
"It hurts to lose any player for two games, much less a player the stature of Ndamukong Suh," coach Jim Schwartz said. "But there's accountability for our actions on the football field. We want to be as tough and as physical and play as hard as we can between the snap and the whistle.
"Anything that happens after the whistle, we put our team in a bad position and we have to pay the consequences."
Suh, unavailable for comment Tuesday, will not be allowed to practice or be at the team's practice facility during the suspension. The Lions will get a roster exemption for the duration of Suh's suspension -- but they can't use it until the appeals process is complete.
Schwartz, while not excusing Suh's actions, tried to keep the incident in perspective.
"This is the first time he's been flagged for an after-the-whistle violation," he said. "It needs to be his last. There is a lot of scrutiny for a player like that, a lot of attention. He is under the microscope, and he needs to act accordingly. But it shouldn't change his effort and toughness between snaps."
Three of Suh's fines have been well-documented -- hits on former Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. He was also fined $5,000 last season for using another player to gain leverage to block a field goal against the Jets.
The fifth one came on Thanksgiving Day, a willful stomp to the arm of Packers offensive guard Evan Dietrich-Smith for which Suh was ejected.
"There is no excuse for losing composure and hurting your team," Schwartz said.
Defensive tackles Sammie Hill and rookie Nick Fairley will fill in for Suh alongside veteran Corey Williams during the suspension.
"We do have depth at defensive tackle," Schwartz said. "Fairley has played well, as has Sammie. And Corey Williams is playing the best football of his career. We're going to be just fine. We will get through this as a team."
Fairley, the 13th overall pick in this year's draft, has been coming on the last two weeks. A foot injury seems to be behind him, finally.