Lions Riola Suspended For Stomp

(NEW YORK, NY) – Center Dominic Riola of the Detroit Lions has been suspended without pay for one game for a violation of safety-related playing rules in Sunday’s game against Chicago, his sixth safety-related rules violation since 2010.

In the third quarter of Sunday’s game, Raiola stomped on the leg of Bears defensive tackle Ego Ferguson at the conclusion of a play. Raiola has been previously disciplined five times since 2010, including once earlier this season, for safety-related rules violations.

The suspension was imposed by NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks. Raiola will not be permitted to attend team meetings and functions, attend or watch practices, appear at the club’s facilities for any reason, attend press conferences, appear at the team’s December 28 game, or have contact with any club personnel except to arrange off-site medical treatment or rehabilitation.

Riola will be reinstated on Monday, December 29.

Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension may be appealed within three business days.


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