Injuries, discipline for Suh potential problems for Lions

Posted Nov. 25, 2011 @ 9 p.m.
Posted By Mike Wilkening

Not only did the Thanksgiving Day loss to Green Bay put the Lions four games back in the NFC North race with five games to play, but the fallout from the defeat could extend beyond Week 12. The most obvious concern is whether DT Ndamukong Suh will be suspended after pushing Packers OL Evan Dietrich-Smith's head into the turf and then stomping the lineman. Suh, who was ejected, was adamant that he did not mean to stop Dietrich-Smith, but it's yet another controversy regarding the style of play by the second-year pro from Nebraska. Injuries are also a concern for Detroit. RB Kevin Smith impressed early against Green Bay and then left with an ankle injury. Also, on Friday, the club announced that RB Jahvid Best (concussion) would miss the rest of the season. Two starters in the secondary — FS Louis Delmas and CB Chris Houston — were knocked out of the game with knee injuries. Delmas, on Twitter, called the injury a "minor (setback for) a few weeks." A Lions defense forced to cope with the loss of any starters could have its hands full with the Saints' potent offense in Week 13.