Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been fined again.
This time, Suh was fined $31,500 by the NFL for a hit to Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden this past Sunday, according to Kyle Meinke of MLive.com.
Here is a portion of Meinke’s report:
The fine is believed to be for a first-quarter play in which Suh ran through a stunt and hit Weeden just after the quarterback released the ball. He appeared to hit Weeden in the chest with his helmet, then used his hands to finish the play.
According to Meinke, Suh has lost $374,294 due to fines and suspensions during his NFL career.
Former Steelers linebacker James Harrison, who is currently with the Cincinnati Bengals, previously contemplated retirement because of his numerous fines, but Suh told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press he has never contemplated walking away from football.
“No, no, no. I don’t think so,” Suh told Birkett when asked whether the microscope under which he plays would ever cause him to leave the game. “I’ve got a very strong group of people around me that take care of me and understand. I think you just roll with the punches; not everything’s going to go your way in life. I’ve understood that, grew up that way. It’s just like for me, I wanted a Nintendo 64 when I was little. My mom said no, so I had to deal with it.”
Suh was fined $100,000 by the NFL for an illegal block he delivered to Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan during an interception return in Week 1, which he appealed. He previously lost $165,294 in pay during a two-game suspension for stomping on the right arm of Green Bay's Evan Dietrich-Smith on Thanksgiving Day two seasons ago. Suh kicked Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin last Thanksgiving Day and was fined $30,000.
This is not Suh’s first fine, and it definitely will not be his last. Suh has vowed not to change his style of play, and considering the microscope he is under, that means he will write plenty of checks to the NFL before his career is over.
After losing over $300,000 so far, Suh seemingly does not mind.
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