The Detroit Lions received a huge boost to their playoff hopes today with the news that their star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will no longer be forced to watch this Sunday's Wild Card clash against the Dallas Cowboys from the sidelines.
Suh had been handed a one-game suspension by the NFL on Monday after having been found guilty of purposefully stamping on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers during Sunday's Week 17 game.
Now though the league has confirmed that Suh's suspension has been reduced to a fine - with the Pro-Bowler now set to pay $70,000 for his troubles.
Having their star man back in the line up as they prepare to face one of the NFL's most feared offenses is a huge boost for the Detroit Lions. The Dallas Cowboys meanwhile will be ruing their luck having been thinking they wouldn't have to deal with the imposing threat Ndamukong Suh presents.
ESPN Stats & Info put into perspective the impact Suh has on the Lions defense.
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The success of the appeal may come as a surprise to many who saw the incident in which Suh seemed to be aware of the presence of Rodgers' calf as he stepped down onto it.
It appears that the overturning of the suspension however may likely be because it sets a worrying precedent. As per Detroit Free Press, no prior player had ever been suspended for a post-season game due to an on-field rules violation.
Huge match up
Sunday's game at the AT&T Stadium is set up to be a classic with the Detroit Lions' impressive defense coming up against a potent Cowboys offense that includes multiple threats.
Their offensive line has been the league's best and RB DeMarco Murray has reaped the benefits with 1,845 total yards.
With Suh now back in the equation it will be interesting to see who comes out on top and progressed deeper into the 2014 playoffs.