Posted September 09, 2013

NFL reviewing Ndamukong Suh’s illegal block against Vikings

Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, NFC North
Ndamukong Suh committed yet another dumb penalty versus the Vikings.

Ndamukong Suh committed yet another dumb penalty versus the Vikings. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

There’s no question that the Detroit Lions have enough talent on both sides of the ball to be a real threat in the NFC North, but often, they present the biggest threat to themselves. Over the last few seasons, Jim Schwartz’s football team has been well-known for dumb penalties and strange personal fouls, and it was more of the same in the first half of the Lions’ 2013 season opener against the Minnesota Vikings.

With 14:09 left in the second quarter, Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder threw a pick to Detroit outside linebacker DeAndre Levy, who appeared to take it to the house for a touchdown. However, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh — who has spent his entire NFL career playing on that fine line between clever and stupid — negated the score when he put a clearly illegal block on Minnesota center John Sullivan. On Monday morning, NFL spokesman Randall Liu confirmed in an email to The Associated Press that Suh may face league discipline for the block. (Watch the full play below.)

It’s not as if Suh was unaware of the league’s increased focus on blocks below the knee — the NFL made it a point of focus in the offseason, and made it illegal for cut blocks in the tackle box.

Suh’s “block” seemed especially gratuitous and nonsensical because Levy was gaining steam down the right sideline, and Sullivan — like most centers — isn’t known for his downfield speed.

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“I wasn’t by any means going for his knees, and he knows that,” Suh said after the game. “We had a great convo about it at halftime, and he understood.”

Because of the penalty, the Lions still maintained possession, but at the Vikings’ 39-yard line, and for only one play — Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford threw a pick on the very next down. The Lions went on to win 34-24, but the potential of further discipline for Suh definitely dampens the enthusiasm in Detroit.

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107 comments
MatthewRoberts
MatthewRoberts

I count 2 and a half yards away from Levy was Sullivan when he was blocked, not 10.  I also see initial contact on the upper thigh, not knee, I see Sullivan falling as Suh is lowering from the dive, where the contact with the knee happens.  If you pause it at the 5 second mark everyone will see the same thing except for the ones with Suh hate goggle on.  Illegal?  Yes, barely.  Cheap or dirty?  Nope.  

Suh does have a history of cheap or dirty plays, this isn't one of the them, neither was the groin kick while Suh was in the air and landing and not even facing the QB direction, so he couldn't of even known where his johnson was.  The stomp was extremely dirty, thuggish and should've gotten Suh a suspension for the rest of the season.  

But why let facts and video evidence get in the way.  Bash away!  10 yards, below the knees, he screamed "F U" before he blocked, and also admitted he was in cohoots with Syria's chemical weapons deployment during the warm ups!  LOL.

reader4si
reader4si

This guy is a thug and his history shown his consistent behaviors.  Talen or not, the league should discipline him.  No place for a guy that intent to take the other guy try to make a living out of work.  I wish all other OL take notice and do the same thing to him!

rbart
rbart

NFL is reacting because of past problems not because this block was particularly worse than many other blocks of this type.  Unless they are going to fine or suspend all players who get this penalty the NFL would have a hard time fining or suspending Suh for this penalty.  Yes, he has to live with his reputation because of what he did but he does not need to be singled out for every penalty he gets as if he were the only player getting that penalty.

OraPike
OraPike

ban him for one game without pay---he will understand that----does it again and it is the season with no pay.  I love sports and he does not belong in the league---talent??? not the point.

muser
muser

Suh is a competitor. Every player in the league wishes he was on their team. 

Richard--Ramirez
Richard--Ramirez

They need to look at Clay matthews cheap shot on Kaepernick and his antics after that.

ConfusionReigns
ConfusionReigns

Not sure I'd call that dirty (I know the refs called it a penalty).  His head was out in front of the player and did cross the player's body.  Wasn't at knee level but was below the waist maybe mid-thigh.  Understand why he did, probably only saw purple and white and probably didn't know he was blocking a center and not a speedy wide receiver that could have run down a linebacker.  I think he played hard until the end, can see why some would call it dirty, I don't think it was but it was marginal.  

D.1
D.1

What's up with this guy? Is he a sociopath? Does he not understand that this kind of crap could destroy a guy's life/career?

I've never seen a guy so willing to purposely hurt the opposing team. 

RatKing
RatKing

Thug is a dog whistle for the N Word. Why don't you class acts call Suh the N Word? You know you want to.

Cool
Cool

Farrar.. you embarrassed yourself with yesterdays premature declaration at half time that Suh might have cost his team a win.. and then you come out today with another article about Suh?   You really are a clown of a "sportswriter" or even worse, a sports fan with a dislike for one player and the means to smear his name because of your position. You are a hack.

BlakeBradley
BlakeBradley

I hate the new NFL flag football rules, but that was a dirty block even before the new rules. If Suh wants to block that guy he needs to get out in front of him not dive into the back of his knees after he is beaten on the play. Also no need for it the guy was gone for a TD.

Jeffrey Dziuban
Jeffrey Dziuban

What A joke.  The block was illegal (barely), but do you stop blocking opposing players because they are in pursuit?  No.  You play until the whistle.  Meanwhile, Clay Matthews, everybody's favorite, will walk away for a worse infraction, an infraction - or two - he should have been ejected for.

MorphySmith
MorphySmith

and yet Subway signed this thug to do commercials for them

pathetic

kdbarbershop
kdbarbershop

This guy truely does not care if other peoIple get hurt. It seems like he figures anything is legal as long as the whistle hasn't blown. What he did yesterday was truely uncalled for. 

Old Schoolers
Old Schoolers

This guy is an absolute joke.  When is he ever in the news for doing something that actually helps . . . either the Lions or the NFL?

LawrenceKnighten
LawrenceKnighten

This isn't the 70s are early 80s football, were you taught to play until the whistle blows! 

6marK6
6marK6

I grow tired of people ragging on the rules and justifying penalties. The players know what the rules are and when they violate them they are punished. Suh is either dirty or stupid, take your pick.

Joseph F
Joseph F

They (NFL) don't want tacklers to lead with their helmet, they don't want tackers to hit in the head area, now they can't block below the knees...what's next, flag football?

ineedataxi
ineedataxi

Suh is the guy you love to hate but would also love to have on your team

tigersfaninthed
tigersfaninthed

The NFL is so hypocritical. Look at Clay Matthews hit on Kaepernick. That was ok though? WTF. NFL and most of it's fans are morons!

jaxjaggywires
jaxjaggywires

My big takeaway from this video is the fact that nobody seems to get on Suh for costing his team the touchdown...no coach yelling at him, he doesn't even look upset by it.

BBinVT
BBinVT

Though not defending, nor comparing, Suh's past dirty hits, this one just doesn't fit the bill.  He clearly hits Sullivan in the thigh area, first, AND he did not hit him from behind.  Sure the NFL has changed the rule in that now it is illegal to block, not only from behind (whatever happened to clipping?), but also from the side.  What's next in Goodell's NFL, a player having to ask permission to block an opponent prior to making contact?  Between penalties, incessant reviews, and suspensions, the NFL is in a downward spiral as they take the focus off of football and place it on making money and being PC.

sillyusername
sillyusername

Suh and Nick Fairley are perfect together; 2 of the dirtiest football players in the game today. The Lions should have gone for the trifecta and got Sharrif Floyd.

JamesCampbell
JamesCampbell

Suh committing a dirty/illegal play? That can't be true. He's the poster boy for clean and fair play...

TheSconnieNation
TheSconnieNation

Sure Suh, "I wasn’t by any means going for his knees."  Just like you were trying to regain your balance when stepping on Dietrich-Smith's junk.  


tomherman2000
tomherman2000

Anybody who is running to Suh's defense here is wrong. He makes dirty, boneheaded plays like kicking people in the groin all the time. That's why the league fines and suspends him, or haven't you noticed? He's not being picked on, he's actually doing these things. He'll be fined and maybe suspended, given his record, and then he'll do it again.

JerryPeoples
JerryPeoples

@muser only so they dont get hurt  by him by his dirty and questionable plays



DavidScottBaker
DavidScottBaker

@ConfusionReigns You can't block ol below the waist on a change of possession. Of course, we might not know that but Suh absolutely knew that but, as he has made plainly clear, he doesn't care. 

Cool
Cool

@kdbarbershop Can you name one player he has taken out with a season or even two game period?  Do you follow all defensive players and how many injuries they create each week or are you just focused on one, because people like this hack Farrar make way to much of a deal out of nothing?   This call is made several times a month with different players.. but the hack Farrar doesn't have a chip on his shoulder about them.

DavidWayneHenley
DavidWayneHenley

Blocking at the knees, 10 yards behind the play, was illegal in 1965 too.

kj4027
kj4027

@Joseph F You hear this same comment quite often. Think of how the rules have changed in the last 30 years. No more "clothes lining", no more slamming the QB to the ground after he releases the ball, no more chop blocking, no more "laying out" defenseless players and the list goes on. Critics from the past used to say the new rules will ruin football. Guess what? It remains as popular as ever, salaries are escalating, teams are profitable and the league "drips" in money. Football will always be the most popular sport in the US.... regardless of changes to the rules.

6marK6
6marK6

@ineedataxi Yeah, he has been vital to all of the success they have had in Detroit. 

Tigerpaw
Tigerpaw

@tigersfaninthed Really? You really felt the need to insult millions of people because of a game they have no control over? Cowards hide behind their computers -- we both know you'd never say that in a crowded sports bar on Monday night.

Ericfollowedbyanumber
Ericfollowedbyanumber

@tomherman2000 All the time? Or do you mean "that one time that I remember and all of the media got worked up about?" Because I remember JJ Watt putting a half dozen late hits on Matthew Stafford last year against Detroit, and the announcers couldn't stop gushing about his motor, his work ethic, and his never giving up on a play.

muser
muser

@JerryPeoples Jerr...list the players that have missed games from injuries that Suh was flagged on and the number of games that they missed......Oh! None? Nobody?

DerekBelanger
DerekBelanger

@DavidWayneHenley No it wasn't, new only this year. And it was at most 5 yards and about 3 seconds after a change of possession. A penalty yes, but only because of the new rule. 

DavidScottBaker
DavidScottBaker

@Tigerpaw @tigersfaninthed I think what tigersfaninthed meant to say is that anyone who is not a Lions fan and an apologist for Suh is a moron. Only Lions fans and apologists for Suh make the grade.

TheSconnieNation
TheSconnieNation

@DerekBelanger My mistake.  He stepped on Dietrich-Smith's arm and kicked Schaub in the junk.  Too many dirty plays to remember.  

tomherman2000
tomherman2000

Just because you're a Lions fan doesn't mean you shouldn't criticize a dirty player like Suh. He has been repeatedly fined since the preseason of his rookie year. He kicked Matt Schaub in the groin while he was laying on the ground, jumped on GB's Dietrich-Smith's arm, twisted Jake Delhomme's head so hard he could have broken it and so on. You know better.