Ndamukong Suh is up to his old tricks once again.
UPDATE: Tuesday Sept. 10 at 3:50 p.m. ET by Paul Mueller: Suh has been fined $100,000 for his low hit on Levy.
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Here is the block in question:
So is that a dirty play?
If it was the first time we've seen something like this from a player, it could be argued that it was more of an overzealous reaction. The excitement of the turnover could feasibly produce a momentary lapse of reason as the defensive player tries to help his teammate get into the end zone.
This, however, is Ndamukong Suh. If anyone should know better, it's Suh. His litany of mental mistakes and questionable on-field behavior means there is no benefit of the doubt here.
|11/22/12||Houston Texans||Personal Foul: Kicked Matt Schaub in the groin||$30,000 fine|
|11/24/11||Green Bay Packers||Personal Foul: Stomped on Evan Deitrich-Smith's arm after a play||Two-game suspension|
|12/5/10||Chicago Bears||Personal Foul: Forearm shiver to Jay Cutler's helmet||Fined $15,000|
|11/14/10||Buffalo Bills||Unsportsmanlike Conduct||Fined $5,000|
|2010 Preseason||Cleveland Browns||Personal Foul: Grabbed and twisted Jake Delhomme's facemask||Fined $7,500|
It's a dirty play.
Lunging at any player's knee is always a poor decision. Without seeing Suh's face, it is hard to ascertain his intended target. But again, Suh has lost the benefit of the doubt. His helmet goes straight into John Sullivan's knee.
What makes it worse is that the block had no bearing on the play at the time Suh committed the foul, as the action had already advanced downfield. His block did nothing to help his team, and he had to know that. Suh seized an opportunity to land a cheap shot on an unsuspecting opponent.
It's precisely these sorts of plays that continually mar Suh's career. Obviously, Suh cannot learn to ignore the little devil sitting on his shoulder. That devil cost the Lions a touchdown.
It isn't the first time this has happened with Suh. And given his track record, it may not be the last, either.