Illegal low block costs Lions’ Suh $100,000

McClatchy news servicesSeptember 11, 2013 

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 during the Lions’ season-opening victory Sunday. Suh, a former Nebraska star and Portland native, hit Sullivan during an interception return by Detroit linebacker DeAndre Levy, and the penalty negated what would have been a touchdown.

Suh said Sunday he wasn’t going after Sullivan’s knees, adding that the two had discussed the play at halftime. Detroit players said Suh, a team captain, apologized to his teammates Tuesday.

“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 was thought to be the largest fine for an NFL player for an on-field violation, although suspensions without pay can result in bigger financial hits.

The NFL fined Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison $75,000 for a 2010 hit on Cleveland wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, although that was later reduced to $50,000. Like Harrison, Suh has a history of fines. The NFL fined Suh $30,000 last year for unnecessary roughness when he kicked Houston quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin area. He was suspended two games in 2011 after stomping on Green Bay’s Evan Dietrich-Smith.

Suh has also been fined in previous seasons for roughing up quarterbacks Andy Dalton, Jay Cutler and Jake Delhomme.

EXTRA POINTS

Former Seahawks wide receiver Ben Obomanu re-signed with the Jets. Obomanu, who spent the past six seasons with Seattle, was among the Jets’ final cuts this summer after having a solid training camp. … The Cowboys released former Washington State safety Eric Frampton from their injured reserve list after reaching a financial settlement. The move could allow Frampton to play later this season instead of spending the season on the IR list. … The Giants brought back veteran running back Brandon Jacobs. Starter David Wilson lost two fumbles Sunday. … The Patriots put running back Shane Vereen on injured reserve with a designation to return in a minimum of eight weeks. … Free agent safety Tom Zbikowski was suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

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