Lions’ Suh fined $100,000 for illegal hit
Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 00:09
The hit occurred after an interception recovered by Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy. Levy would intercept the ball and take it into the end zone.
Suh then performed a chop block on center John Sullivan. This particular style of blocking attacks the opposing player’s knee. Sullivan was at least ten yards behind the play and was nowhere near being able to tackle Levy, making Suh’s hit nonsensical.
Sullivan was just coming off of a knee surgery during the offseason to repair a micro-fracture suffered during last year’s season. Sullivan was able to continue playing after grabbing for his knee and reaching the sidelines.
According to Suh, he was planning on hitting Sullivan in the waist, but missed and struck Sullivan in the left knee. The block was deemed in violation of rule 12, section 2, article 5 of the NFL rulebook that “prohibits blocks below the waist by players of either team after a change of possession.”
This is not the first time we’ve seen Suh in trouble for “dirty” plays in the NFL. Suh’s most recent victim was Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub, who Suh stomped in the groin during a Thanksgiving football game for which he was fined $30,000. Suh was fined twice as a rookie for hits on quarterbacks–$7,500 for a hit on Jake Delhomme and $15,000 for a hit on Jay Cutler. The following year, Suh was fined $20,000 for a hit on Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton.
Suh was also suspended two games in 2011 for stomping on the arm of Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith.
While Suh’s fine is large, it is certainly not the largest. Ray Lewis was fined $250,000 for lying to police in 2000 and Bill Belichik was fined $500,000 for his role in the infamous “spygate” incident.