COMMENTARY | Stop me if you've heard this one before: Ndamukong Suh has been fined for a hit on a quarterback.
Sounds familiar, doesn't it?
Suh will have to ante up $31,500 this time for his hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden in the Lions' 31-17 win in Week 6.
This brings Suh's fine total to $209,000, plus an additional $165,294 in game checks for a two-game suspension in 2011.
While you can make an argument that most of his fines he has received have been warranted, this one is not.
If you watch the video, you can see Suh uses both of his arms to push Weeden to the ground just after Weeden has passed the ball.
While Suh's head does make contact with Weeden's body, the majority of the force comes from Suh's arms pushing Weeden to the ground. Let's not forget that a penalty wasn't called on the play, meaning the referees didn't think it was an illegal hit, but the league decided three days after the fact that it was fineable.
Let's be honest, the only reason this play was fined is because the player committing the hit is named Ndamukong Suh. If J.J. Watt or Jared Allen delivers this same hit, we aren't talking about it.
Instead, Suh's past of bad choices comes back to haunt him in the present.
What people fail to realize is Suh is a beast, and I don't mean that in a figurative way. At 6-foot-4, 307 pounds, he is a man among children when it comes to him and quarterbacks.
Brandon Weeden isn't exactly a tiny quarterback either. At 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, he can take some punishment. But when you have a guy like Suh running at you full speed, any hit is going to look dangerous.
I understand the league has a vested interest in protecting its quarterbacks. People come to NFL games to see quarterbacks throw the ball and seeing them in a body cast on the sideline doesn't help ticket sales. But this is still football, isn't it? Sometimes a quarterback will take a hard hit, and it will be perfectly legal. It's part of the game.
I will say I like the attitude Suh has about the repeated amount of fines. He knows it doesn't matter what he does at this point. The league is always going to have a microscope on every play he is involved in.
But he isn't making a big deal about it and questioning the league's fineable offenses, he simply carries on and "rolls with the punches."
Tom Mitsos is a Michigan native who covers the Detroit Lions for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. He also is a high school sports reporter at MLive Media Group. You can follow Tom on Twitter.
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