Lions' Suh has 1-game suspension reduced to fine

Ndamukong Suh is now eligible to play against the Dallas Cowboys in Sunday's NFL playoff game, provided he pays the $70,000 fine levied against him.
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NEW YORK -- Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh can play in Detroit's playoff game after his one-game NFL suspension was reduced to a $70,000 fine.

Hearing officer Ted Cottrell heard Suh's expedited appeal Tuesday and ruled that Suh can play Sunday at Dallas but must pay the fine.

Suh originally was suspended for stepping on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' left leg twice last Sunday in a loss to Green Bay for the NFC North title. He stepped on Rodgers once with each foot, which violated unnecessary roughness rules, according to the league.

But Cottrell reduced the punishment.

Cottrell is jointly appointed by the NFL and the players' union.