Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will not be punished for knocking off the helmet of Washington running back Alfred Morris on Sunday after NFL officials deemed the contact was not a purposeful kick.
Mike Signora, the NFL's director of media relations, relayed the information to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports. On the play in question, Suh's leg knocked Morris' helmet off following a run in the second quarter. It was difficult to tell by replay evidence whether Suh was acting maliciously. After the game, Suh did not appear to understand the line of questioning when asked about the play.
“I tackled him plenty of times during the game,” Suh said of Morris, per Mark Maske of the Washington Post. “So, no, I’m not really sure what you’re speaking of.”
Suh's history of on-field transgressions nonetheless caused some to assume the worst. Since entering the NFL in 2010, Suh has been fined eight times and was suspended two games in 2011 for on-field conduct. He was most recently fined $70,000 for stomping on the leg of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the final game of the 2014 regular season. The transgressions have caused some to consider Suh the NFL's dirtiest player.
"I think some of those incidents occurred a long time ago, and obviously, players learn from situations," Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said of Suh in March, per Kyle Meinke of MLive.com. "What we're really focused on is his contributions and his performance and his leadership as a Miami Dolphin. I think he's at a little different stage of his career now."
Suh, 28, signed a six-year, $114 million contract with Miami this offseason. The All-Pro defensive lineman recorded two tackles and was mostly a non-factor in Sunday's 17-10 win over Washington. Even if the NFL deemed Suh was innocent of wrongdoing in this situation, this was far from the type of debut the Dolphins were expecting after making him one of the highest-paid players in NFL history.
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