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American Football Ndamukong Suh sanctioned for Aaron Rodgers stomp

The NFL has suspended the Detroit Lions' Ndamukong Suh for his rough treatment of Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers on Sunday.

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Suh has been suspended for the Lions' wildcard playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

The act in question happened in the fourth quarter of the Lions' 30-20 loss in Green Bay.

As Rodgers lay on the ground following a play, the Lions' controversial defensive tackle took two steps backward, landing on Rodgers' lower left calf.

In announcing the suspension, NFL vice president of football operations Merton Hanks ruled that Suh "engaged in a non-football act which placed his opponent, Rodgers, at unnecessary risk of injury - specifically the second step and push off, which could have been avoided".

In a letter to Suh, Hanks stated: "You did not respond in the manner of someone who had lost his balance and accidentally contacted another player who was lying on the ground. This illegal contact, specifically the second step and push off with your left foot, clearly could have been avoided."

Suh has three days to appeal the suspension and is expected to do so.

He has previously been fined seven times in his NFL career.

Suh was suspended for two games in 2011, also after stepping on a Packers player.

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