Posted October 16, 2013

Ndamukong Suh fined $31K for hit on Brandon Weeden

Detroit Lions, NFC North
Ndamukong Suh has received more than $131K in fine this season.

Ndamukong Suh has received more than $131K in fine this season. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Mere hours after Lions center Dominic Raiola told MLive that the league’s latest review into Ndamukong Suh’s on-field behavior was “ridiculous,” Suh reportedly was fined $31,500 for a hit Sunday on Cleveland QB Brandon Weeden.

Mike O’Hara of the Lions’ website confirmed the fine, though he did not specifically say which Week 6 play had drawn Suh’s latest punishment. Odds are, it’s for when Suh appeared to hit Weeden in the chest while shoving the Cleveland QB to the ground — that play was highlighted for review by NFL VP of officiating Dean Blandino, during a video filmed inside the league’s “Officiating Command Center.”

Blandino noted possible “helmet-to-body” contact when picking out Suh’s hit for another look.

Suh’s hit did not draw a penalty during the game, and it appeared that he actually let up a bit on Weeden.

Green Bay’s Nick Perry earned a $15K fine (and a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty) for a similar play last season against the Colts. Perry drove his helmet into Andrew Luck’s chest/shoulder, forcing a fumble. He was penalized for “use of the crown of the helmet,” which is an action the NFL has worked to outlaw. Presumably, that’s where Suh crossed the line against Weeden.

Suh and Weeden also had another run-in during the Lions’ win. On a Weeden scramble in the third quarter, Suh grabbed him and tossed him to the ground with authority. There was no penalty called there either (and probably not one warranted), but Blandino may have double-checked the later incident as well.

“It was a football play to me,” Raiola told Justin Rogers of the first Suh-Weeden contact. “I guess maybe my view of football is different from the way football is viewed now. I really don’t know what they’re looking at.”

Suh drew a $100,000 fine earlier this year, after a vicious low block on Minnesota’s John Sullivan during an interception return. According to the Detroit Free PressDave Birkett, Suh has now lost almost $400K in salary because of league punishments — $209,000 in fines and approximately $165K while serving a two-game suspension.

Regardless of which play was in question Sunday, there’s little question that Suh’s reputation came into play here. Even if the league deemed both collisions with Weeden unseemly, his punishment still worked out to more than twice what Perry was fined for a comparable hit.

Suh really has erased any leeway he might have otherwise received from the league with his past actions, be it the hit on Sullivan, his stomp of the Packers’ Evan Dietrich-Smith or his face mask/body slam of ex-Browns QB Jake Delhomme in the 2010 preseason. The NFL surely watches Detroit’s DT much more closely now, and this latest slap on the wrist may be a result of that added attention.

56 comments
ianlinross
ianlinross

You know what? Suh is a throwback. And I have to admit I miss those days and those kind of guys. Yes, I watched League of Denial but the NFL is a collision sport. It's not for the weak of heart.. All those guys hoping to become instant millionaires should be given an 8 X 10 of Suh when they declare for the draft. Facing this guy on Sunday could shorten your life. Better than any waiver. 

Lizard_King
Lizard_King

A boy named Suh.  I just wanted to share that.

jhymas25
jhymas25

Only a clean hit was shown in the video. Perhaps there was some other reason for the fine? 

On a similar note, all fined hits should be released the public. We should not have to guess which hit this may have been for. I guess the NFL doesn't want the consistency of their enforcement questioned by being open about the fines. 

SammytheJetfan
SammytheJetfan

Donkeykong  Suh is a criminal in a football players uniform.

MarkBlackford
MarkBlackford

Not a big Suh fan, am a Browns fan for 59 years. This fine is bogus. There was nothing hurtful, illegal, or even worthy of a penalty on this play. Talk about being punished for crimes of the past... 

playemball
playemball

With all the dirty plays Suh has committed..there's no witch hunt..he brought all this attn to himself.  There will be plenty more fines and penalties coming his way..all due to his own dumb@ss decisions.

tevisv
tevisv

So, he tackles the QB in an old-school "bury the facemask between the numbers" hit and gets penalized.  Sounds to me like the NFL would rather see Suh go away than let him play.

BumpyJones
BumpyJones

The NFL is finished.  In a few years we'll be watching light contact, boring, uncompetitive Pro Bowl type games. 

Dunedin51
Dunedin51

Very poor decision, it was front of an official who obviously thought it was a fair play. The league could end up making Suh a sympathetic figure if this continues

OwenCaterwall3
OwenCaterwall3

I can only assume that those who are defending Suh either don't know the rule, didn't watch the video, or are blinded by team loyalty. Suh lowers his head and drives the crown of his helmet into Weeden's chin. The fact that no penalty was called only speaks to the refs' failure to see the infraction. 

And for all those he men who think the game is being ruined by rule changes intended to protect the short and long term health of the players; get over yourself tough-guy. Want unmediated violence; watch some MMA instead.

Kurt8
Kurt8

The NFL has done a good job with making players sit out if their helmet comes off during play. However more and more incidents like this just makes the powers that be look incompetent. The NFL is trying to save face as a result of denying for decades that the league is responsible for permanent head injuries. The NFL is kind of like the army, when you sign up - you are accepting the fact that there's a chance you'll be shot at. You're acknowledging all the health risks when you agree to be a part of the league. And why are we limiting this just to head injuries? What about personal issues like marriage and finance issues the players face as soon as their career is over? 

RobWeidner
RobWeidner

What a joke.....No penalty, get real man...this is football not soccer. He did Nothing wrong!

MrTemecula
MrTemecula

I don't like Suh, but he didn't spear him.

sldghammer
sldghammer

James Harrison says "Whats up with this guy?"

nyhoukcdal
nyhoukcdal

I really hope the fine was for some other play, because this one doesn't merit anything, including even watching it on replay.  Can't hit 'em low.  Can't hit 'em high.  And now can't hit 'em in the chest.  Really?

tonybot3
tonybot3

legit hit, but that said, i'd slap the sh*t out of Suh if i ever see him, just because i don't like his face.

trobbins88
trobbins88

The fine is BS...the NFL needs to stop this witch hunt on Suh.  Go Lions!!

jsmallheer
jsmallheer

Why is this clown still playing professional football? If this were any other "business," he'd have been fired by now.

duane964
duane964

I hate Suh but even I have to admit that hit was perfectly legal. Weeden double pumps so Suh was already committed to the hit by the time Weeden actually threw it.

The5wineFlu
The5wineFlu

So he gets fined but no penalty, but Groves puts clean hit on Stafford on 3rd down and gets called for roughing the passer that extended the drive that lead to a TD. Thanks NFL!

DSM
DSM

Has any other player been fined so often, rightly or wrongly?

Michael223
Michael223

This dude needs to be thrown out of the NFL

Cool
Cool

Ok, new rule... anyone who sacks the QB will have to pay at least a $25K fine.  This rule shall be followed with a rule that states if a QB runs in a forward motion, the lines must open up and he is given safe passage to the end zone, will get rid of most injuries caused by the evil game of football.  

mobrien24
mobrien24

Even tho Suh is a repeat offender this is a little ridiculous. Maybe the NFL should have just suspended him appropriately for the knee shot earlier this year. The guy has issues for sure. 

JeffShields
JeffShields

I don't like players that engage in cheap shots but what the hell was wrong with this play? 

NicholasAWroblewski
NicholasAWroblewski

My guess is they are fining him for not hitting Weedon hard enough. It looked legit to me and I'm a Brown's fan. Now the chuck on the offsides would be something to consider, but I thought at worst that could possibly be a unsportsmanlike conduct. Did Dez Bryant get a penalty for that b/s roughing call at the end of the game? I don't think so, that was a terrible call.


Cool
Cool

@OwenCaterwall3 It appears that while you are attempting to grow a pair so you can watch real football, you also need to get the nerd glasses cleaned and adjusted, and maybe get rid of the pocket protector.

flamiemcflamerpants
flamiemcflamerpants

@OwenCaterwall3 Ha!  How about his: Pause the video at :30 seconds exactly.  You'll see that Suh has his head in Weeden's chest, and Weedens head goes nowhere near Suh's helmet.  

The problem is they said he intentionally led and hit the QB with his helmet, and at :29 seconds you can see he drops his head slightly before making the hit.  

What is amazing is that they didn't fine anyone for the hit on Kris Durham during the Bears game when Durham was on the ground covering the onside kick, and the whistle had already blown when a bears player launched himself into the back of Durham.  

The NFL overlords overlook the serious issues like that, but want to fine Suh for a hit that didn't even warrant a penalty.  

steginkt
steginkt

@OwenCaterwall3 Owen you might want to clean those glasses or computer screen or something.  He hit him with his face mask his head was up, that is how you coach players to tackle.  Also, you might want to retake anatomy because that was his chest not his chin.


superchorizo
superchorizo

@tonybot3 I will fly you to detroit and send you to a game if you sign a contract that you will slap him in the face.  Penalty for non slapping is the cost of the trip plus 10K.  You're all talk.

Cool
Cool

@jsmallheer This "Clown" would be welcomed on any and every team in the NFL, even those who talk trash about him now.  He is that good, and he plays the game as it was designed.  

Cool
Cool

@duane964 I hate Payton Manning, and wish the NFL would start fining him for the sick, deviant way he destroys his opponents... but I guess I am in the minority.  But he really should be kicked out of the league for the pain and suffering he imposes.. agree/disagree???

Ericfollowedbyanumber
Ericfollowedbyanumber

@Michael223 He should be kicked out because every play he makes is under the microscope, so he's getting fined for things that other players are praised for (see J.J. Watt)? Makes sense.

Cool
Cool

@Michael223 Yeah, anyone who plays hard and does his job should be kicked out.  Enough of these guys dressed up in pads and competing and playing tough!  Ban them all!!!

Cool
Cool

breaking news:  The name of the NFL will formally be renamed the NFFL (National Flag Football League) after seeing the negative effect that playing real football has on players.

flamiemcflamerpants
flamiemcflamerpants

@steginkt @OwenCaterwall3 I think Owen might be related to Phil Simms, who in his broadcast said that a player might have got a hand down in bounds, but he had to get a part of his body down....

People not actually thinking before they speak (or type). 

LarryLemanski
LarryLemanski

@Cool @jsmallheer Yeah, the Raiders might take him. They take the dregs the rest of the league won't touch with a 10 foot pole. I'm not saying this was a bad hit but the guy's got a reputation for a reason and the league is gonna watch him... just like a cop handing out in front of the house of a released chile molester. Suh shouldn't be playing anywhere.

MickPatrick
MickPatrick

@LarryLemanski @Cool @jsmallheer "just like a cop handing out in front of the house of a released chile molester"

The only thing worse than a cop "handing out" is a "chile molester."  It's a peaceful and harmless country. Hands off Chile!