Lets play devil's advocate here. If on the first play another team chop blocked the Lions QB ending his career would the lions fans be supportive of him playing, especially in the playoffs? The game against Calgary was a meaningless game for both teams. The hit was intentional and Jimenez knew our should have known the probably outcome of his hit. If anything the Lions should be furious with him for being so stupid and in a mean nothing game to boot.
What do they do now if the Lions go on to win the cup and the suspension is upheld? What is there to stop teams from adapting the same dirty tactics knowing that it is now becoming acceptable for this kind of nonsense? No team I would ever support or cheer for would allow a player to go unpunished by the team itself for this kind of hit.
Think of it this way - If the lions care so little of the Calgary player that they let Jimenez play - what does that say about how they value actual players over simply winning no matter what the cost?