Following an illegal chop block during last Sunday's game against Green Bay, Detroit Lions offensive lineman Gosder Cherilus was hit with a $10,000 fine from the league office on Friday, according to a report by Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Cherilus was not actually called for a penalty on the play, but league representatives ultimately determined that his chop block on an opposing Packers player was still deserving of discipline. A first round pick out of Boston College in 2008, Cherilus has started 68 times for the Lions since entering the league, including all 13 games this season. He famously faced a significant amount of league scrutiny for a low hit on Minnesota's Jared Allen back in his rookie year, but was not fined by former commissioner Paul Tagliabue at the time.
While Cherilus was still slapped with a fine long after the fact, Lions teammate Ndamukong Suh was surprisingly not targeted by the league after drawing a personal foul penalty against Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the second half on Sunday. Suh continues to play under the watchful eyes of those in the league office on a weekly basis, but clearly did not step across the line with his push on Rodgers.