Ndamukong Suh fined $100,000 for cheap shot against Vikings

NFL fines Suh $100k for cheap shot

9/11/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Having developed perhaps the worst on-field reputation in the NFL, many of us figured that it would simply be a matter of time before we saw Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh in the news for one of his notorious dirty plays. Those of us wondering what the NFL's most disliked player (according to Forbes) would do next didn't have to wait long - Suh was right back to his vile ways in the Lions' season opener against the Minnesota Vikings.

Blog Photo - Ndamukong Suh fined $100,000 for cheap shot against VikingsWhen Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy was returning an interception on Sunday, Suh was well behind the play. Of course, that didn't deter him from trying to take out one of his opponents - Suh went after Vikings center John Sullivan, diving straight at his knees. What made this even look even worse for Suh was that Sullivan is the reigning No. 1 ranked center in the NFL (according to Pro Football Focus) and is recovering from microfracture knee surgery.

Suh was flagged for a low block, which was a 15-yard penalty and negated a touchdown by Levy. Suh's antics aren't just dangerous, but are also detrimental to his team's performance.

With such a horrible reputation as a devious, unsporting player, the NFL was sure to look into the play and dish out a significant punishment, and they did so promptly. Suh has been fined $100,000 for the illegal hit. It seems like a good chunk of change, but Suh is just lucky he isn't facing a suspension.

Suh is easily one of the most talented defensive tackles in the NFL, but his on-field actions are getting out of control. If Week 1 was any indication of how Suh plans to play this season, he's a lock to be suspended at some point. Suh obviously deserves the vast majority of the blame for his cheap shots, but they also are indicative of a Lions coaching staff that has long struggled to instill discipline in their players. Suh may be at fault for what he's done, but Detroit is probably the toughest place for him to clean up his act.

I couldn't find a video of the play that I could embed on this page, but here is a link for you to watch.
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