The NFL fined Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh $31,500 today for a hit he delivered against Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium, according to the Lions’ website.
On third-and-4 at the Browns’ 26-yard line, Suh hit Weeden in the chest as he threw an incomplete pass that wide receiver Davone Bess dropped over the middle with 2:42 left in the first quarter. Suh wasn’t penalized for the hit in the Lions’ 31-17 win over the Browns.
But in a video posted on NFL.com, Dean Blandino, the league’s vice president of officiating, said, “No. 90 hit the quarterback, lowered his head, that was not called. Potential helmet to the body.”
The NFL has fined Suh seven times for a total of $209,000. Suh, a first-round draft pick in 2010, also was docked two game checks totaling $165,294 during a suspension in 2011.
“I think there’s always going to be a microscope on me,” Suh told the Detroit Free Press. “I think there’s been a microscope on me since I was first drafted in 2010 ’cause I was a first-round pick. There’s always going to be a microscope on me, no matter where it is, from outside media, from the NFL, to little kids, to everybody. So there’s going to be somewhat of a microscope. My face is out there. That’s kind of part of life.”
This is the second time Suh has been fined for hitting a Browns quarterback. During a preseason game in 2010, Suh grabbed ex-Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme by the facemask, wrapped both arms around his head and threw him to the ground after the ball had been released. The NFL fined Suh $7,500 for the play.