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Posted at 08:55 AM ET, 12/01/2011

Ndamukong Suh appeal to be heard today by Art Shell


Ndamukong Suh takes a long walk of ejection shame to the locker room on Thanksgiving Day. (Kirthmon F. Dozier / AP)
At around 3 p.m. today, Detroit Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh will appeal the two-game suspension he received for his Thanksgiving Day stomp to Art Shell.

The appeal will occur on a conference call and the best approach for Suh would be to quickly present his appeal and then to just listen. Shell, an appointee of both the NFL and NFL Players Association, played with tenacity and dignity, a combination Suh, the 2010 Defensive Rookie of the Year, has yet to master.

Although his remarks in the immediate aftermath of the stomp were defiant, Suh did apologize for pushing the head of Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith repeatedly against the turf and then stomping on his arm after a player pile early in the third quarter. Not that it has helped him change the perception held by the public and by his peers that he’s a dirty player.

Should Suh lose his appeal, he would miss Sunday’s game against the Saints in New Orleans and the Dec. 11 game against Minnesota in Detroit.

Should Suh’s suspension be decreased? What would you say to him if you were Art Shell?

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