Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been fined $100,000 for his illegal block on Vikings center John Sullivan in last Sunday’s game.
NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks notified Suh today that he has been fined $100,000 for his unnecessary roughness penalty.
Suh was penalized for violating Rule 12, Section 2, Article 5 (a) which prohibits blocks below the waist by players of either team after a change of possession.
Suh was flagged for hitting Sullivan in the legs during De’Andre Levy’s interception return in the second quarter of the Lions 34-24 win over Minnesota.
Levy’s touchdown was nullified and the Lions incurred a 15-yard penalty from the spot of the fumble.
According to Suh’s teammates, who were asked about the situation today in Allen Park, Suh addressed the team today and apologized for committing the penalty. He directly apologized to Levy for committing a penalty that resulted in his touchdown being taken off the board.
When I asked Lions head coach Jim Schwartz about the penalty in our weekly Coach Schwartz Sez segment, he said, “He was trying to help a teammate out by making a block, but he should have realized was that the offensive lineman wasn’t going to chase him down even though he was the closest guy there at the time.
“When you do have a turnover, there are rules. You can’t hit that guy high. You can’t hit that guy in the head. You can’t hit with your head and you can’t go below the waist. He was trying to get his head across and cut him off at the waist.”
Schwartz also defended Suh, stating he didn’t feel the hit was an intentional attempt to injure Sullivan.