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Ndamukong Suh Fined By NFL For Hit On Jake Delhomme: Was It Enough?

DETROIT - AUGUST 28:  Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions tackles Jake Delhomme #17 of the Cleveland Browns during a preseason game on August 28, 2010 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Suh was called for a personal foul on the play for grabbing the face mask. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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William BoorCorrespondent ISeptember 3, 2010

The NFL has fined Ndamukong Suh $7,500 for his vicious hit and takedown of Jake Delhomme in a preseason game.

Not only is this fine not enough, but Suh should be suspended as well.

I understand fans and coaches want their players to be aggressive, but this aggression needs to be contained.

Football is a violent and aggressive sport, but there was no need for Suh to treat Delhomme like a rag doll and throw him to the ground.

The NFL fines players $5,000 for uniform violations and recently fined Ochocinco for tweeting during a game.

It is ridiculous to think Ochocinco was fined more than three times the amount of Suh for sending out a 140 character message.

Suh could have seriously injured Delhomme, and is barely being fined more money than a player who wears the wrong color cleats.

Don’t get me wrong. I understand football is a violent and aggressive sport, but there is a line between being aggressive and being malicious.

Suh’s hit on Delhomme was entirely unnecessary and Suh should serve a suspension because of it.

The suspension does not need to be anything major, but the fine alone is a joke, and it makes Goodell’s player conduct policy hard to take serious.

The thing that makes this hit worse is that it occurred during the preseason. There is no reason to be making plays like that in general, but especially in the preseason. The preseason is for starters to get their timing down and for backups to try to make the team. There is no excuse for excessive roughness in the preseason and hopefully as Suh’s career progresses, he will learn to tone down his aggressiveness especially in games that do not matter.

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