Ndamukong Suh stood front and center at a team meeting Tuesday and apologized for the low block he threw on Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan, a block that cost the Lions a touchdown, earned him the largest fine for an on-field incident in NFL history and further cemented his reputation as one of the league’s dirtiest players.
When he was done, a few of the veterans in the room shouted: “We love you, Suh.”
“We’re a family,” receiver Nate Burleson said. “I think we hugged and kissed after that, sang kumbaya. It’s all good, baby.”
All good because Suh avoided the second suspension of his career Tuesday when the NFL decided instead to fine him $100,000 and send a message that further violations of player-safety rules won’t be tolerated.
Suh, who has been fined five previous times in his NFL career, did not return a text message seeking comment Tuesday, but he said after Sunday’s 34-24 victory over the Vikings that he did not intend to hit Sullivan low.
In Tuesday’s meeting, he apologized to the team for his penalty and to DeAndre Levy personally for costing him a score.
“He just basically said that he can’t make those type of mistakes and he can’t put us in the position where we’ve got to battle back from mistakes like that,” Burleson said. “And he also said with him having a target and people looking for him, they’re looking at us in the same light. So as a team we’ve got to understand that the microscope is on us.”
Giants bring back Jacobs
The New York Giants signed running back Brandon Jacobs on Tuesday.
Jacobs, who played for the Giants from 2005-2011 and was a part of two Super Bowl-winning teams, should help a backfield in flux. Second-year starter David Wilson is backed up by Da’Rel Scott and Michael Cox. But New York ran for only 50 yards in the season-opening loss to the Cowboys.
“Whatever they need me to do,” Jacobs said. “Whatever role they want me to play, I’ll come in and do it. I know the offense. I know they’ve made some tweaks, and I’ll do whatever I have to do.”
“We want to be the group that leads the team to victory.”
Jacobs, a 2005 fourth-round draft choice, has played in 100 regular-season games for the Giants, with 48 starts. The franchise leader with 56 rushing touchdowns, Jacobs, 31, played in 11 postseason games with five starts, as well.
Pats place Vereen on IR
The New England Patriots have placed running back Shane Vereen on injured reserve with a designation to return.
The move means Vereen must miss eight weeks before he is eligible to play in a game. He was injured in Sunday’s 23-21 win over the Buffalo Bills. He had a small break in his left wrist and underwent surgery on Monday, Fox Sports reported. The Patriots said he missed practice on Monday and Tuesday with a wrist injury.
Vereen rushed for a career-high 101 yards and gained 58 on seven receptions in the opener.
Jets add WR Obomanu
The New York Jets have re-signed wide receiver Ben Obomanu as insurance for the injured Jeremy Kerley, who has a concussion and is uncertain to play at New England on Thursday night.
Obomanu was among the Jets’ final cuts this summer after having a solid training camp. He spent the last six seasons in Seattle and has 87 career receptions for 1,209 yards with seven touchdowns.
Cowboys release Frampton
The Dallas Cowboys have released safety Eric Frampton after reaching an injury settlement with their leading tackler on special teams last year.
Frampton injured a groin Aug. 11 during training camp in California and never returned to practice. He was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 4. He would be eligible to return to the Cowboys in Week 10.