Posted September 10, 2013

Ndamukong Suh fined $100K for low block against Vikings

Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, NFC North

"I wasn't by any means going for [the] knees," Ndamukong Suh said of the low block.

“I wasn’t by any means going for [the] knees,” Ndamukong Suh said of the low block. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The NFL has levied a $100,000 fine against Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for his low block on Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan early in the second quarter of the Lions’ Sunday win over the Minnesota Vikings. NFL Spokesman Randall Liu wrote in an e-mail to the Associated Press on Monday that Suh could face discipline for the block, and on Tuesday, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported that the league was considering a six-digit fine. Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report and Tom Pelissero of USA Today later confirmed Glazer’s report.

It is the largest fine for a single on-field incident in NFL history.

The play happened with 14:09 left in the second quarter, when Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder threw an interception to Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy, who appeared to take the ball back for a touchdown. But the score was negated because Suh was flagged for a low block penalty on a play in which Levy was already far past Sullivan up the field. The block seemed gratuitous at the time, and given Suh’s reputation for playing on both sides of the line throughout his NFL career, the fine isn’t that surprising.

“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.”

The second overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft, Suh had already lost $242,794 in fines and lost game checks, per MLive.com. He was suspended for two games in November 2011 after he was seen stomping Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith in a Thanksgiving game.

“I talked to him on the field about it because obviously it cost us a touchdown, and it was behind the play,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said of the block on Sullivan. “It wasn’t very far behind the play, but it was behind the play as an offensive lineman. He wasn’t going to catch Levy. What he [Suh] explained to me was he didn’t want to hit him high because if he hits him in the head right there it’s a peel-back and that’s a penalty also. He was trying to hit him at the waist and ended up in a bad spot and went low.

“I don’t think there was any attempt to injure or things like that. It wasn’t 40 yards behind the play. It was hitting the guy from behind or some of the things that we have seen from some other players recently. You know, going low and hitting guys from behind. The biggest thing was taking some momentum away from us at that point and also taking that score off the board because that would have certainly gone a long way to getting us [out] of the hole we were in early in the game.”

And now, the biggest thing is the hit to Suh’s wallet, though it’s relatively minimal for a man who has made $51.7 million in his NFL career, not including endorsements.

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62 comments
BlackWolfStanding
BlackWolfStanding

Suh's hit on Sullivan did not cause Sullivan to miss a snap and will not cause Sullivan to miss a game. Suh's hit was on the lower front left hip of Sullivan. Contact slid down to mid thigh when Sullivan pulled away. Not once did Suh hit Sullivan's knees.

And Suh is amongst the least penalized players in the league.

Since Suh returned from the suspension during the 2011 season, he has been called for two personal fouls in a 20-game span while 42 NFL players have been called for more personal fouls, according to STATS. He was tied for 105th in the league with one personal foul penalty last year, STATS said, and was one of 41 players flagged for a person foul in Week 1 this season.

Suh apologized to the player he hit, Vikings center John Sullivan, on Sunday during the game.

"None of the things he has been fined for have hurt a player or caused a player to miss any games," Barnes said. "But ex-players who are trying to make a name for themselves on TV as sensational analysts keep calling him a dirty player." - this could also apply to the anti-Suh crowd on this site.

I only wished our sports writers would start defending Suh.

Victor_Newman
Victor_Newman

whenever i see "lingerie football league" or "flag football" it's a direct insult to the players who put their bodies on the line every week and face injury, disability or death on every play. defending cheapshot artists is for the weak minded and uninformed.

CobyPreimesberger
CobyPreimesberger

that is exactly the point everyone went after swaringer went low at keller's knees, it's because if swaringer goes for the head he gets penalized same here, the problem is the NFL is making the NFFL the Natinoal Flag Football League, as this rule was changed this offseaso and again Suh may actually get his fine reduced or overturned as one of the people that could possibly hear the appeal is Matt Birk, hello conflict of interest as gee Matt Birk before playing for the Ravens he was center of the Minnesota Vikings.  I mean what was more of a cheap shot was a few years ago when warren sapp did end chad clifton's season when he blindsided him

gusCOYS
gusCOYS

Suh is a thug and a punk.  He is also a very slow learner

jason g1
jason g1

Suspend him for a few games. Money is the least of his worries. Each time he does something like this suspend him. 

Phil22
Phil22

They suspend Von Miller for nearly half the season for his first offense and Suh who has been warned/ fined repeatedly for nearly ending players season/careers gets no suspension?? No wonder he keeps doing it. 

fantasy football sleepers

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

If the NFL wants to stop Suh, maybe the next time suspend him and a larger fine, and if he hurts another player and that player is out for a number of games suspend Suh for the same amount of time, That will hurt the Lions and the other players on the Lions.............Money dont mean anything to him......

jlstebe
jlstebe

For all of the talking heads that think the Suh hit was Dirty needs to take a look at this Video in full screen at the 4 min 45 sec mark and let it roll. the block was below the waist but not a Dirty hit .


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXxr30tb7TY

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.

metalhead65
metalhead65

yeah that will really get him to quit being a dirty player. he got off easy and while 100 grand is nothing to laugh at guys like him and their 20 million dollar contracts won't miss it and most likely have it written off his taxes. I can't wait to hear him and his teammates whine when he or one of his teammates has that done to them. and trust me players on other teams are going to get fed up and one of them will unintentionally take him out and only then will he change his ways.

Josh13
Josh13

Yes Suh has a reputation of being a dirty player but that play did not warrant a $100,000 fine. I would have done the same thing given that situation. The problem with the NFL is that it is going soft. In all fairness to football players everywhere you acknowledge that bodily harm will come to you playing this sport. ow this guy hit me in the chest it is a high hit fine him. Come on football is a step away from becoming patty cake. 

DavidA.Burns
DavidA.Burns

Disappointed.  That's the only adequate description of the NFL's punishment of Suh.  Suh is a dirty player, a repeat offender.  In the parlance of the legal system, he's a recidivist.  If the NFL is serious about player safety, they would remove him from the game.  He is a menace to every other player on the field.

Blinker
Blinker

I do not care about this play.  This idiot is the dirtiest player in the NFL hands down.  Donkey Kong sucks!!!!!!

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

I looked at the play over and over again but based on what i heard from the over exaggerating media i thought Suh had done it miles away from the play committed the act in the stands next to the guy selling pop corn. That hit was inches away from being a clean hit...  Because it's Suh is why it's a big deal, when there are two moving players the attacking player is not always going to land where he aims

Jerry32
Jerry32

That's what we want, SI! Please make sure all stories you run are confirmed by BLEACHER REPORT!

HA HA...

GoDucks71
GoDucks71

Just as ejection for targeting is in the college game, this IS the way to stop dangerous hits in the NFL. And I say that as a Suh fan, whose son had Ndamukong's mother for a teacher in grade school. Penalties that hurt make players, and coaches, sit up and take notice. Good move, NFL.

MikeFrench
MikeFrench

That was not a cheap shot.  It was just a poor block, unsurprising being that he is a defensive player not used to blocking.  It deserved the flag, but not the fine.  It definitely wasn't as blatant as Clay Matthews' hit on Kaepernick.  Let's see if the Packer gets fined or if they are just picking out Suh because of his "reputation".

beelze
beelze

Suh is more dangerous than Aaron Hernandez.  Suh gas done more to damage the pristine image of the NFL than Aaron Hernandez has.  If the detroit football lions were serious about addressing Suh's Osama bin Laden-like behaviour, they would strip him of his captaincy.

ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

Just heard Matthews will be getting suspended for his cheap shot hit out of bounds.

thedon923
thedon923

I see there are a lot of butthurt 49ers fans here who would like to compare the dirtiness of Suh to the dirtiness of Matthews. Y'all won the game, get over it

TerrapinStation87
TerrapinStation87

When I was younger, so much younger than today I never needed anybody's help in any way; but now these days are gone- I'm not so self assured. Now I find I've changed my mind and opened up the doors.

SandersonKramer
SandersonKramer

Why doesn't the NFL automatically kick a player out of the game when they do this or hit a player out of bounds like Clay Matthews did yesterday. That will stop these jerk players from doing this crap.

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

Fines mean nothing to a NFL player. especially Suh, games suspended would mean more and maybe just maybe he would do stupid stuff on the field...........

poseyman28
poseyman28

That fine should have been a lot more or a ban for life for the dirtiest player in the NFL would have been even better.  Now, what about the cheap shot Matthews put on Kaepernick?  Is there no fine for that kind of play?  Our wonderful NFL gods allow that occur!

Richard--Ramirez
Richard--Ramirez

Can't wait to see Suh straight destroy Aaron Rodgers this season.

RaymondSmith
RaymondSmith

Should have made it a million and suspended the piece of sh*t for life. 

dmorrisssey
dmorrisssey

I wanna see a lineman completely level Suh one day.

Whatever
Whatever

$100,000 is way high for this hit. I think Suh got hit harder because of his reputation. If we believe his and Schwartz's explanation, he went low because he was afraid of hitting in the head. That's going to be a trend in the NFL now, because guys are scared of being flagged and fined for helmet-to-helment hits, even if they are inadvertent.

gusCOYS
gusCOYS

And you have to realise you will be held to a different standard because of previous pattern of behaviour.  Fact is he didn't need to make the block.  No way the guy was going to catch up to the ball even if he had all week

Terry
Terry

@MatthewRoberts 

LOL??

Absolutely!

Some people just looking for a reason to call him a thug.

It fits their narrative.

It shouldn't this time.

Terry
Terry

@Blinker 

Somewhere Incognito is offended he isn't your idiot dirtiest player. 

TimHarb
TimHarb

@MikeFrench If i was him I would start suing the NFL for unbalance treatment. This is a very common block in college and used to be allowed in the NFL. The problem here is all the little girls who announce junk on radio and tv.  Also he is no where as dirty as some of the famous players in the the past.

Terry
Terry

@beelze 

This comment is as over the top as the media's coverage of it.

Bin Laden?

Really?

thedon923
thedon923

@poseyman28 Matthews hit on Kaepernick was grabbing him and pulling him down to the ground out of bounds, something Kaepernicks uniform protects against. Suh's hit on an OFFENSIVE LINEMEN at the knees was something that could have ruined his playing career forever. Don't compare Suh to Matthews, it's insulting to Matthews

Fannish
Fannish

@dmorrisssey  Be patient. Some one will get his knee. In days of yore, if a player was cheap shoting, it was a matter of time until someone performed a bit of retribution. Somebody will recall an incident from a year or 2 ago, and attempt to end his career. Watch and see. Some players have memory's, and hold grudges. It will be an "oops".

l.czolgosz66
l.czolgosz66

@Whatever Yes, he was fined more because of past incidents. That is how the punishment process works..

MatthewRoberts
MatthewRoberts

@gusCOYS Yes he has been and will continue to be held to a different standard.  No, he did not need to make the block, but you can tell he didn't look up field to see all the empty real estate.  His eyes were on the pursuer that was less than 3 yards away.  If he would've looked up field (which he should've) maybe he doesn't make in the thigh.  He doesn't get paid to block, it wasn't good blocking form and it was tad too low.  The media and fans reading headlines and not taking a close look at the play are making a mountain of a mole hill.

abigsoxfan
abigsoxfan

@x72 @RaymondSmith You sick SOB, you have no idea. Matthews launched before the QB was out of bounds. Your hatred is skewing your vision. I can only hope somebody caps you at your job one day. 

Pat11
Pat11

@abigsoxfan @x72 @RaymondSmith Matthews was in fact already launched before Kap stepped out. ALso Matthews did Kap a favor at that point buy gently wrapping arm arround and moving to side instead of landing on top of him. That being said, If there was poll for biggest HGH abuser in NFL i'd have to vote for Matthews


wodrp
wodrp

@abigsoxfan @Richard--Ramirez @dmorrisssey 

Don't you have anything more intelligent to say than, 'You sick SOB?'  You have the right to disagree but, the profanity is unnecessary.  How would you feel if someone said that to you?