Ndamukong Suh is a marked man.
The Detroit Lions defensive tackle was reportedly fined $31,500 for a hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden in Week 6, even though the play did not result in a penalty or initial backlash from the league office.
Mike O'Hara of DetroitLions.com had the scoop on Twitter:
Source close to Ndamukong Suh confirms that Suh has been fined $31,500 by the NFL for a hit on Browns QB Brandon Weeden— Mike O'Hara (@MikeOHaraNFL) October 16, 2013
On the play that drew the fine, Suh rushed toward and hit Weeden just as the Cleveland QB was releasing a pass during Detroit's 31-17 win. Although his helmet didn't make contact with Weeden's helmet, the play caught the attention of NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino.
As you can see at the 1:30 mark in an NFL.com video posted earlier in the week, Blandino is concerned with the placement of Suh's head on the play and can be heard on tape noting that he was worried about a potential "helmet to the body" offense.
Apparently, his initial reaction didn't waver after further observation.
According to Tim Twentyman of Lions.com, Suh has appealed the fine.
This tweet from Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke helps drive Blandino's point home to Lions fans who might be dissatisfied with the news:
Again, here's the moment of impact on that Suh/Weeden hit. Guess it's the helmet to the chest that cost him $31K pic.twitter.com/2kT8A0om0p— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) October 16, 2013
The 26-year-old may be a two-time Pro Bowler, but it's clear the NFL has a close eye on every questionable move he makes this season. Based on his past transgressions, that shouldn't come as a surprise.
Suh has already been the subject of a $100,000 fine for an illegal block in Detroit's Week 1 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Although he appealed the fine, it was upheld by an appeals officer on Oct. 11.
In your opinion, did the hit warrant the fine?
The former Nebraska star and first-round draft pick was also suspended back in 2011 for stomping on Evan Dietrich-Smith of the Green Bay Packers.
After his $100,000 fine was handed down, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, via colleague Kevin Patra, reported that Suh was likely to be suspended again next time he finds himself in hot water.
Blandino and Co. apparently didn't feel that a suspension was necessary in this circumstance.
But Suh's wallet is a little bit lighter for the second time this season, and you have to wonder when—or if—he'll ever shed the reputation as a player whose hits need to be dissected on a weekly basis.
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