The Detroit Lions are coming off a big Thanksgiving Day win, but one of their star players will be one of the few to come out of the holiday lighter in the trousers.
That's because the NFL has fined Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh $7,875 for making a throat-slash gesture in the team's Week 12 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
After a tackle of Bucs running back Bobby Rainey for a three-yard loss in the game, an overexcited Suh made the gesture — which was banned by the NFL in 1999.
Suh now has been fined three times this season for a whopping total of $139,375. He was fined $100,000 for an illegal low block against Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan after a turnover in Week 1, and later $31,500 for a roughing-the-passer foul against Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden in Week 6.
His past indiscretions have been well-documented. In 2011, he was suspended two games after pushing the head of and stomping on the arm of Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith on Thanksgiving, and one year later — on the same holiday — Suh was fined $30,000 for a kick to the groin of Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub. Suh previously had been fined for several other questionable hits and once was named, in a poll of NFL players, the dirtiest player in the NFL by The Sporting News.
In the 40-10 Thanksgiving beat-down of the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, Suh was a monster, collecting a sack (one of seven for the Lions) for a safety, hitting quarterback Matt Flynn twice, batting down a pass and managing to keep his composure in what was a tense game early on with all the pregame talking from the Packers' Josh Sitton about the Lions' defensive line and coaches.
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