The NFL has denied the appeal of Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh over his two-game suspension for stomping on an opponent.
Suh's appeal of the suspension was denied Friday by on-field appeals officer Art Shell, jointly appointed by the NFL and the NFL Players Association to hear such cases. Suh will miss Sunday's game at New Orleans and a Dec. 11 home game against Minnesota. He can return for practice on Dec. 12.
The story was first reported by NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora.
Suh was penalized and ejected from a Thanksgiving Day loss to Green Bay for stomping on the arm of Green Bay Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith. The league handed down the suspension on Tuesday and Suh immediately appealed. Shell, however, saw no merits to the appeal during a conference call with Suh on Thursday.
Usually, a hearing is held within 10 days of an appeal, but the league expedited Suh's high-profile case so a decision could be made before Sunday's game.
Suh is barred from practice and the team's facility while suspended.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.