Ndamukong Suh Fined $100,000 By NFL For Hit
Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh is facing a heavy fine for his low hit on Minnesota Vikings C John Sullivan. However, he’ll likely escape a suspension, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Suh went for Sullivan’s knees from behind on an interception return, and he was hit with an illegal low-block penalty. That penalty erased the interception return by LB DeAndre Levy for a touchdown, and it hit the Lions with a 15-yard penalty.
"I wasn't by any means going for his knees," Suh said. "He knows that. We had a great conversation running out at halftime, and he understood. My aim was his waist to cut him off."
Considering Suh’s past, it’s tough to take anything he says at face value. He has a history of being a dirty player, and it’s hard to tell whether there truly was any malicious intent behind the hit.
"I think guys get caught up in the play sometimes," Sullivan said. "Sometimes things happen. It's hard to remember what you did when you get caught up in the moment. I appreciate the fact he came up and said something. It looked like it could have led to a pretty serious injury, so I feel like I'm pretty lucky today to be relatively unscathed.”
While it appears that Suh is going to escape a suspension, he should be under heavier scrutiny for his actions moving forward. He’s been in this situation far too many times for it to be a coincidence, and he needs to be more harshly punished for his actions.
Update: Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported that Suh is facing a $100,000 fine by the NFL for his cheap hit over the weekend.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press confirmed that news that Suh would be fined $100,000 by the NFL.