Ndamukong Suh, the Lions defensive tackle, has been fined $100,000 by the NFL for unnecessary roughness on his low block on Vikings center John Sullivan in Sunday’s win.
The $100,000 fine is the largest financial penalty — not counting lost pay for suspensions — in NFL history for an on-field violation, per NFL.com
Suh was called for a penalty on the play in the first-quarter which negated a touchdown by DeAndre Levy following an interception.
Suh’s history with personal foul penalties likely played a role in the fine.
In 2011 he was suspended for two games after he stomped on Green Bay’s Evan Dietrich Smith. He has a long history of personal fouls, although in 2012 he only had one.
The fine cost him less than a two-game suspension. His game week checks equal about $37,058 ($630,000 divided by 17 weeks).
After Sunday’s game Suh said he was going for Sullivan’s waist, not his knees.
Sullivan, who had offseason microfracture surgery on his left knee, didn’t miss a snap in the game. But he told KFAN in Minneapolis on Monday he thinks there should be consequences when guys don’t respect the careers of other players.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz defended Suh to a point saying he didn’t think Suh was trying to injure Sullivan. But he also said Sullivan was behind the play and there was no way an offensive lineman was going to catch up to Levy.
Suh, who has been voted the NFL’s dirtiest player, was elected a defensive captain last week.