Harrison believes a suspension will provide wake-up call for Suh

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  • By Dan Hanzus NFL.com
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Rodney Harrison thinks the only way to get through to Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is to take away his right to play.

Suh was ejected from Thursday's 27-15 loss to the Packers after a scuffle with Evan Dietrich-Smith ended with him stomping on the Green Bay guard. Suh said after the game that his acts were misinterpreted by game officials, a claim vehemently shot down by Packers players.

Harrison, a former Pro Bowl safety, said he can no longer defend Suh after the defender's misconduct on Thanksgiving.

"It's up to the commissioner to step in and make an example out of this young man," Harrison said Friday on "NFL Total Access." "He's got a $50 million contract, multiple commercial sponsorships, what's $40,000, $50,000? Heck, I didn't even make that type of money when I played and 10- or $15,000 didn't bother me.

"Imagine the type of money he's making, but the way to get his attention is you suspend him, you sit him on his butt for two games and I guarantee when he comes back he'll be a different player."

Suh's actions on Thursday will be reviewed by the league next week. If the NFL opts not to suspend Suh, Harrison believes the team needs to handle the matter on its own.

"If you're the Detroit Lions organization's head coach, you have to pull this young man to the side and you have to go over the tape with him and tell him, and if you have to sit him down, an in-house suspension, that's what needs to be done because he's a leader of this team."

Harrison, like Suh, garnered a reputation for being a dirty player during his 15-year career with the San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots. But Harrison's aggressive style of play never approached Suh's most recent behavior, which has veered dangerously into Albert Haynesworth territory. That's never a good thing.

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