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By The Sports Xchange September 11, 2013 7:43 PM
Ndamukong Suh will appeal the $100,000 fine levied against him by the NFL for unnecessary roughness on his blindside hit to the knees of Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan on Sunday, according to multiple reports.
The Detroit Lions defensive lineman received the largest fine without a suspension ever given for an on-field violation. Suh's agents are basing their appeal on what they believe was an excessive amount of the fine, ESPN.com reported. Sullivan was not seriously injured on the play that resulted in a personal foul penalty against Suh. He hopes to play Sunday. Suh has a history of dirty play. The NFL has fined him five times in three seasons for hits, many of them on quarterbacks. The most recent fine was $30,000 for kicking Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin area. Suh apologized to linebacker DeAndre Levy and to his teammates on Tuesday. Levy had a touchdown on an interception return taken away because of Suh's illegal block on the runback. "It was sincere. We accepted it," Lions running back Joique Bell said. "We all a family, and that's our brother. At the end of the day, we all we got. So it was a good deal. Levy accepted it, so if he can accept it, everybody should be able to accept it." New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson was particularly vocal in his criticism of Suh's repeated actions. "I don't know that a suspension or the amount of the fine really solves the problem," Watson told NFL Network. "Honestly, I think it's a character issue. I think there's something going on here that we need to look deeper." --Cleveland Browns rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo was cleared for contact and was on the practice field with the team. Mingo had been doing only light running since he suffered a bruised lung against the Detroit Lions in the second preseason game. If he passes the team's tests this week in practice, Mingo will make his NFL debut Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. Also,Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden was happy to be asked about Sports Illustrated's five-part investigative story into allegations of an incentive-based payment system to players at Oklahoma State dating back to 2001. Weeden, who played for the Cowboys from 2008-11, said: "I've read the first story that came out and literally I laughed throughout the entire thing. "It's comical for a lot of reasons and I won't take a lot of time to go through the whole deal, but obviously it's dealing more with before I got there." Weeden said he never accepted money. --Suspended Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller continues to run into trouble off the field. The latest incident involves a citation for driving without a license and speeding near his home last week, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson told CBS4 in Denver on Tuesday night. Robinson said Miller, who is serving a six-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, was not arrested after the traffic stop. His father, who was in the vehicle with him, was allowed to drive Miller home. ---As a Texas native, playing the Dallas Cowboys has special meaning for Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles. And despite battling a quad injury that forced him to leave Sunday's 28-2 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Charles plans to be ready for Sunday's games. "I'm excited. I don't want to miss this game for the world because everybody from Texas will be watching this game," Charles told the Dallas Morning News. "I think I need to go out there and just show everybody what kind of Texas player I am." Charles was listed on the team's injury report as a nonparticipant in practice, but the Kansas City Star reported he was doing light drills during the portion of practice open to the media. --The addition of running back Brandon Jacobs to the New York Giants' roster begs the question: Is David Wilson headed to the bench after losing two fumbles in the season opener? While coach Tom Coughlin wouldn't confirm what the plan was for Wilson on Sunday, he reiterated that the team needs the young man in the lineup. "As I've said many times, we need him. He's necessary. He's going to have to overcome this issue," Coughlin said. At the same time, Coughlin realizes that defenses are going to be targeting Wilson, whom he called a "marked man." --San Francisco 49ers signed wide receiver Kassim Osgood to a one-year contract and placed linebacker Nick Moody on injured reserve-designated for return. The 6-foot-5 Osgood was with the 49ers during the offseason and training camp before he was released on Aug. 31. He has made his mark in the NFL on special teams, earning two All-Pro and three Pro Bowl selections while playing in 152 games during his 10-year career. In addition to 122 special-teams tackles, Osgood also has 44 career receptions for 749 yards and five touchdowns. --Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is on Twitter again, this time calling out the team's pass protection and saying he demands a better performance. Irsay was not happy after quarterback Andrew Luck was sacked four times by the Oakland Raiders during last Sunday's victory. This week, the Colts face a Miami Dolphins defense that had six sacks against the Cleveland Browns. "Raider/Colts -- we gotta protect #12 better..and that includes more than just OL...it's backs, TE's, coaches on blitz pick ups..I DEMAND better," Irsay tweeted. Then he followed with another tweet: "Dolphin/Colts-Make no mistake about it/The Fish CAN and WILL bring the HEAT...We gotta MAN-UP and confront HEAT with a NASA-like Heat-Shield"