Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will not be suspended for what appeared to be a deliberate kick to the groin of Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub during last Thursday's 34-31 overtime win by the Texans.
"Our office has notified the Lions that N Suh will not be suspended for last Thursday's incident. It will be reviewed for a potential fine," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello announced on Twitter.
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According to the NFL Fine Schedule, a first offense for "striking, kicking or kneeing" would result in a fine of $7,875. In the first year of the collective bargaining agreement, such fines were $7,500, but all fines increase by 5 percent in each year of the agreement, thus the peculiar "$7,875" figure. A second offense for "striking, kicking or kneeing" an opponent would result in a fine of $15,750, which would be around half of Suh's $31,765 weekly game check.
Of course, Suh has racked up over $200,000 in fines during his two-plus seasons in the NFL, losing $165,294 for his two-game suspension last November after stomping on the arm of Green Bay Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith. The league could weigh those factors when determining whether or not to fine Suh for his latest high-profile skirting of what's appropriate on the football field.
In an ESPN the Magazine hitting newsstands this week, Suh said he learned how to channel his aggression after being suspended. Suh also said he knows that cameras are watching his every move following the incident from last November..
"I'm not the same player -- I'm a better player," Suh said. "I have a greater awareness now of how people look at you. Since that incident on Thanksgiving, there are a million cameras on me, so I have to understand that everything I do is being watched. I will always have to deal with that. But you can't worry about it. My job is to defeat the guy in front of me, do it until he quits and then wait for them to send in the next guy."
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