Source: Lions’ Suh fined $31,500 for hit

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Ndamukong Suh has been fined again.

The Detroit Lions defensive tackle was fined $31,500 for a hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden last Sunday, a league source confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Suh hit Weeden twice on Sunday. On a video on, one of the league’s official websites, vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said he wanted to look into a hit by Suh on Weeden where he lowered his head into the QB while making a hit.

In an NFL Network interview on Wednesday, Blandino explained the fine against Suh.

“We’re going to aggressively enforce player safety fouls,” Blandino said. “When I looked at the play, I felt that he did make contact with the forehead-hairline. Lowered the head and made contact with the forehead-hairline. Not to the head or neck, but the rule does prohibit that contact to the body.”

This is the second time Suh has been fined this season and its the seventh fine of his career, not counting the two-game suspension for stomping on Green Bay guard Evan Dietrich-Smith in 2011.

The fine comes hours after Suh said he felt like he has been under a microscope his entire NFL career.

“There’s always going to be a microscope on me,” Suh said. “I think there’s been a microscope on me since I was first drafted in 2010 because I was a first-round pick. But I think there is always going to be a microscope on me no matter where it is, from outside media, from the NFL to little kids to anybody.

“There’s going to be somewhat of a microscope. My face is out there. That’s become a part of life.”

Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said Wednesday that scrutiny for players comes with being in the NFL. 

“Particularly for high-profile players, and he certainly fits the bill as a high-profile player,” Schwartz said. “Yeah, it’s, with that, with the Green Bay-Baltimore thing, I think it brought a lot of attention on how difficult it is on defensive players.

“There’s a lot of things that happen within the game that are tough decisions. The game is played very, very quickly and those guys try to do the best they can. We leave the officiating to the officials and leave the administrating to the administrators.”

Schwartz was likely referring to the hit by Baltimore safety Matt Elam on Green Bay wide receiver Randall Cobb, injuring Cobb’s knee.

On the field, the NFL has fined Suh for hits on quarterbacks Jay Cutler, Jake Delhomme, Andy Dalton and Matt Schaub, along with offensive lineman John Sullivan.

His last punishment, for his low block on the Vikings’ Sullivan, resulted in a $100,000 fine.

Earlier Wednesday, Suh said he had not heard from the NFL about looking into the hit on Weeden, a play that was not flagged during the Lions’ 31-17 win Sunday.

Suh deflected a question about whether or not the attention his play receives is fair.

“Do I think it’s fair? Nothing in life is fair,” Suh said. “It’s a double-edged sword. Being successful and having some success in the game is obviously going to garner attention, and I think that’s something people deal with in negative ways and positive ways.

“It’s just people get attention, and that’s the way it works.”

Suh and the Lions face Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

  • Previously covered University of Michigan for and
  • Also covered Notre Dame for Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

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