Detroit Lions Ndamukong Suh Slapped with Fine for Illegal Block
Ndamukong Suh’s latest controversial play drew a hefty fine.
The Detroit defensive tackle was docked $100,000 by the NFL for his illegal low block on Minnesota center John Sullivan in the Lions’ season-opening victory. Suh hit Sullivan during an interception return by Detroit linebacker DeAndre Levy, and the penalty negated what would have been a touchdown.
NFL spokesman Randall Liu said that vice president of football operations Merton Hanks notified Suh of the fine.
Suh said he wasn’t going after Sullivan’s knees, adding that the two had discussed the play at halftime. Detroit players said Suh apologized to the team.
“He just basically said that he can’t make those types of mistakes – he can’t put us in a position where we’ve got to battle back from mistakes like that,” wide receiver Nate Burleson said. “He also said, with him having a target, and people looking for him, they’re looking at us in the same light. So as a team we’ve got to understand that the microscope is on us.”
It’s believed to be the largest fine for an NFL player for an on-field violation, although suspensions without pay can result in bigger financial hits.