DETROIT - AUGUST 12: Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions hits quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals in the second quarter and is called for a roughing the passer penalty during the game at Ford Field on August 12, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Ndamukong Suh Will Appeal $20,000 Fine For Hit On Andy Dalton

Lions DT Ndamukong Suh will appeal the $20,000 fine that the NFL gave him for the hit on Bengals QB Andy Dalton last week.

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Ndamukong Suh Will Appeal Fine For Hit On Bengals' Andy Dalton

Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is going to appeal the $20,000 fine the NFL slapped him with for the hit he put on Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton last week.

To Suh, it appears to be a no-brainer:

“Am I going to appeal it? Who wouldn’t?” Suh said. “I mean, that’s my motto. Who wouldn’t? If you would, why wouldn’t I?”

This is the third time Suh, the Lions’ top overall pick from the 2010 draft, has been fined in his short career. He was also fined for hitting Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme last season. If the fine stands, Suh will have paid $42,500 in fines in less than two seasons.

Judging by his reaction, this might not be the last time either:

“So I’m not going to stop playing hard. Like I said before, I owe it to my fans, I owe it to my teammates, I owe it to the coaches, and I owe it to the fans, first and foremost. That’s the reason why they watch the game. It’s one of the reasons football is football, ’cause it’s physical contract, aggression that is made exciting.”

Aggression is fine and dandy, but big 15-yard penalties like the ones Suh has been slapped with on the fined plays are defensive killers. I don’t believe he’s trying to rip people’s heads off on purpose, but he has to be more careful once the games start counting for real.


Ndamukong Suh Apparently Fined $20,000 For Hit On Andy Dalton

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh may not consider himself a dirty player, but the NFL seems to have a different opinion. After taking down Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton last Friday and receiving a penalty, Suh has now apparently received a hefty fine as well. Suh tweeted this on Wednesday:


If he was indeed fined, this is the third time the NFL has fined him in his brief career. The first fine was $7,500 for his takedown/attempted decapitation of Cleveland Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme in the preseason last August. At the time the fine seemed a bit low considering how vicious the hit was, but the NFL made up for it with a $15,000 fine for Suh's vicious tackle on Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in the regular season.

The second fine seemed way too high considering a penalty didn't even appear to be necessary. All Suh did was tackle Cutler -- a ball carrier at the time -- from behind. It was a big hit, but if Cutler was a running back I doubt the NFL would have done anything.

Suh probably is deserving of a fine for his hit on Dalton, but $20,000 seems like a bit much. The NFL apparently isn't worried about the specific hit, though. At this point it looks like the league simply views this as Suh's third offense, which is too bad considering how weak the Cutler thing was. Now Suh is going to have to worry about an even bigger fine the next time he does something -- legal or illegal -- to a quarterback.

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