Ndamukong Suh has long been known as one of the NFL’s dirtiest players, so it’s no shock that the star defensive tackle made headlines in opening week. The Detroit Lions hosted the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, and Suh played a big part in the Lions 34-24 victory.
The stats may not show it (one pass defended), but Suh disrupted the Vikings offense in other ways. On the play that cost the Lions a touchdown, Suh went low on Vikings center John Sullivan. The ball was well past the play and he was flagged for a chop block. The touchdown was called back. Immediately, the media began speculation on what the NFL would do. Would they look at the play alone, or would they take Suh’s history into consideration?
That question was answered today when Suh was handed a $100,000 fine.
“Suh was fined for violating Rule 12, Section 2, Article 5 (a), which prohibits blocks below the waist for players of either team after a change of possession,” the league said in its statement.
Suh apologized to his teammates for the incident and was not suspended as part of his punishment.
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