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Ndamukong Suh's latest personal-foul dustup appears to be drawing closer to a conclusion.
Colleague Dan Graziano reported Monday that Suh's appeal will be heard Tuesday. He is appealing the $100,000 fine levied by the NFL as excessive.
The more interesting part of this is the revelation of one of the reasons why NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith reached out to Suh last week. Beyond the typical offer of assisting in an appeals process, the source told Graziano that Smith wanted to explain to Suh that it is responsibility of all players to watch out for each other's health.
Or in other words: Be smart about what you're doing out on the field.
The thing about this with Suh, though, is that this latest transgression is overshadowing a good start to the season for the defensive tackle. He has three quarterback hurries -- resulting in two DeAndre Levy interceptions -- has a pass defended and has been a pain for opposing interior offensive linemen.
And now, your look around the Interwebs in search of news on the Lions:
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press is right on when he says Detroit needs to pick Darius Slay or Rashean Mathis at cornerback and just go with it. Have to imagine -- and I asked head coach Jim Schwartz this Monday -- that Slay's confidence is a bit shaky, and with good reason. Tough to play confidently and aggressively if you continuously worry that a mistake might land you on the bench. Frankly, it wouldn't be the worst thing for Slay to watch a little bit. While it might appear to be a demotion in the short term, as long as he understands the why of it -- to help him learn and understand the speed -- it could be beneficial down the road for the talented rookie.
Roundup of all of our coverage from Monday, starting with the Lions breathing a little easier with Reggie Bush's knee injury deemed not long-term. This week's Rookie Report. A look at four crucial issues coming from the Arizona game. Quick hits from Schwartz's press conference Monday; he also defended Suh against the allegations of personal fouls in practice.
Drew Sharp from the Free Press writes that the Lions haven't done enough to shed the stigma around the franchise.
The absence of Ryan Broyles is hurting Detroit, writes Josh Katzenstein in the Detroit News.
Kyle Meinke from MLive writes that Brandon Pettigrew must catch better in traffic.