But Detroit will be absent one of their best players on defense when they face the Saints number one offense – defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
During the third quarter of the Packers – Lions game on Thanksgiving night Suh was engaged with Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith when he apparently took issue to the way Smith was holding him on the ground.
Suh pushed Smith’s helmet to the ground several times before he stood up and stomped his arm, earning him a quick ejection from the game for the blatant unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Although Suh initially denied any wrong doing he later withdrew that claim after the Lions issued a statement condoning his behavior as improper.
On his Facebook page Suh issued an apology — not to Dietrich-Smith — but to his fans and his team, vowing to change his dirty play by any means necessary.
But his comments fell on deaf ears, and because the league said this was his fifth violation since entering the NFL two years ago, they have decided to issue him a two-game suspension that will keep him out against the Saints and Vikings.
Suh has filed an appeal with the league office, meaning there will likely be a hearing of some sort later this week, but the best he can hope for is a reduced suspension of only one game making it iron clad that he will be out this Sunday.
Good news for the Saints.