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Fairley fined $15,000 for hit on Cutler; Suh, Briggs, Peppers not fined

Jay Cutler,  Nick Fairley AP

We have one last fine to report from Sunday’s rough-and-tumble Lions-Bears game at Soldier Field.

Lions rookie defensive tackle Nick Fairley has been fined $15,000 for roughing the passer because he unnecessarily drove quarterback Jay Cutler into the ground, the league office has confirmed to PFT.

Fairley’s fine is the last of six different fines totaling $62,500 that the NFL handed down for various offenses from the Lions-Bears game. We passed along the rest of them here.

Three players who weren’t fined are Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, Bears linebacker Lance Briggs and Bears defensive end Julius Peppers. Suh knocked Cutler’s helmet off on a hit, but the NFL deemed it clean. And Briggs and Peppers both laid hard shots on Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, but the NFL deemed both of those clean, too — even though Briggs was given a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness.

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  1. simonizer85 says: Nov 18, 2011 2:43 PM

    He didn’t knock his helmet off , he tore it off….. looks like Goodell got a little something from Suh when they had their meeting

  2. thebigkahuna23 says: Nov 18, 2011 2:45 PM

    I’m shocked suh didn’t get fined. Not as shocked as I would have been if Briggs and Peppers got fined. They actually had clean good hits. Makes you remember the days before the pussification of the NFL.

  3. das14 says: Nov 18, 2011 2:46 PM

    How can I apply for consideration to become an NFL Charity? Also, I would love to see a published list of the NFL Charities.

  4. bombacim says: Nov 18, 2011 2:47 PM

    So apparently in the NFL it is legal to close-line some and rip off their helmets in the view of the NFL… I am not for all of these new precautionary rules but doesn’t one have a right to question what the heck is the difference in legal and illegal. As seen in both Pepper’s and Suh’s hits. Sounds to me like the NFL better get some clarification out there before this gets out of hand. Til then decpatate eachother for our viewing pleasure.

    Or is Goodell going soft because of the meeting Suh had with him?

  5. lionpride10 says: Nov 18, 2011 2:49 PM

    Seriously, culter ducked Suh and he didn’t duck enough. Suh is only called dirty because he is in Detroit. If he were in green bay they would call him a hero.

  6. packattack1967 says: Nov 18, 2011 2:49 PM

    I didnt think that hit was all that bad. Having said that, there’s clearly a top-down problem in Detroit emanating from the head coach. Schwartz’ demeanor and his teams play speak volumes.

  7. imsmarterthanyou says: Nov 18, 2011 2:50 PM

    consistently inconsistent.

  8. noeffinway says: Nov 18, 2011 2:50 PM

    Suh is a very very wise man.

  9. howiehandles says: Nov 18, 2011 2:58 PM

    Agree. The Suh helmet incident was obvious.

  10. jimmylions says: Nov 18, 2011 2:58 PM

    Cutler wears a skirt.

  11. yzguy431 says: Nov 18, 2011 2:59 PM

    what has this game come to?

  12. rmc1995 says: Nov 18, 2011 3:07 PM

    You can grab a helmet to make a tackle on a runner. No facemask no foul no fine. Illegal hands are reserved for the line of scrimmage.

  13. damnyoulinelliot says: Nov 18, 2011 3:08 PM

    When has there ever been a week in the NFL where fines were not dished out like hot cakes?

  14. damnyoulinelliot says: Nov 18, 2011 3:09 PM

    It’s more common for an NFL player to get fined than me to get a parking ticket.

  15. jpiro says: Nov 18, 2011 3:11 PM

    Completely deserved. Fairley’s shot was the only one I thought was intentionally meant to harm.

  16. trbowman says: Nov 18, 2011 3:12 PM

    Fairley was a dirty player at Auburn.

    They never change.

  17. bluepike says: Nov 18, 2011 3:14 PM

    Peppers “clotheslined” Johnson on the first fumble of the game but didn’t draw a flag. Curiously, he wasn’t fined by the league even after revue. That type of tackle went out with Deacon Jones and “Night Train” Lane – I thought. Last night, Sanchez got the same treatment that Cutler got from Fairley and was also hit late from behind by Denver’s fabulous rookie – but no flag on either play. It appears to me that Roger Goodell has created a very arbitrary, unfair, and quite confusing system of penalty flags and punishments. The refs and players are all confused in my opinion – and worst of all I think Goodell is confused. This is very bad the the game. Pitiful. Just pitiful.

  18. izlez says: Nov 18, 2011 3:20 PM

    To anyone that thinks the Suh hit on Cutler was dirty, look up Julius Peppers tackling Matt Ryan in Week 1 on youtube.

    The Fairley fine was well deserved. People are gonna start to realize what a real dirty DT looks like when Fairley starts playing more

  19. troybulletinboard says: Nov 18, 2011 3:21 PM

    Fairley and Suh are being egged on by Schwartz the same way he prob egged on Finnegan when he was DC for the Titans. By that same token Schwartz was also the DC when Haynesworth made it a point to step on that player. This is a COACHING issue more than it’s a player issue.

  20. skimbell says: Nov 18, 2011 3:29 PM

    Nevermind.

  21. earthtopft says: Nov 18, 2011 3:32 PM

    In a statement issued to the press, Fairley Fat said, “Pllssshhtshssh shpllushhh……… (unintelligible portion)…ssshhppplussshhhttt!”.

  22. lionsfanatic84 says: Nov 18, 2011 3:34 PM

    the NFL should turn into a flag football league to spare me the dirty talk. The funniest part is the people how call the lions dirty are the same ones who give them childish nicknames. This is a mans league, if you can’t stand it go back to ballet

  23. northernwisc says: Nov 18, 2011 3:35 PM

    …and so why was Demarus Ware fined like he was. This is all very confusing……Let’s just get rid of the pads and put flags on all the players.

  24. mistakeonthelake says: Nov 18, 2011 3:35 PM

    The players are expected to make the distinction between a legal and an illegal hit at full speed and in real time. This includes helmet to helmet, blows to the head, late hits, defenseless receivers…etc. Even if the refs miss it, they can be fined later once someone has had the chance to review the tape in slow motion to analyze the hit.

    Refs are not held to this standard. If they throw a 15 yard flag, which can make or break a close game, and it turns out not to warrant a fine (which would make it an errant flag) the NFL shrugs and declares that refs can’t be perfect at full speed.

    If we are going to try and perfect the player’s ability to be error free in full speed by fining them weekly, I would like to see the same done for the refs. If the refs blow on call, either by flagging a legal play in error or by failing to flag a play that later earns a fine, I think they should be fined and that fine be made public.

    If the players are expected to be perfect at full speed, let’s see that standard applied to the refs.

  25. scratchnpost1234 says: Nov 18, 2011 3:50 PM

    Look at the picture, Fairley has ahold of Cutler and cutler still has the ball. No late hit here, but the fine and penalty were for driving Cutler into the ground. Briggs should have been fined because he launched himself. Peppers was more incidental and no penalty, no fine, no problem. It’s not against any rules to grab a player by the helmet as long as it’s not by the facemask, or no rule I could find in the NFL’s rules. People calling for a penalty or fine on Suh are in a witch hunt. Burlesons helemt was ripped off, why no penalty or fine there? Maybe it was a makeup call for the BS penalty and fine Suh got for pushing Cutler down last season.

  26. detroitrollin22 says: Nov 18, 2011 3:50 PM

    Good I’m glad Suh didnt get fined b/c he didnt “Rip” cutlers helmet off. For everyone that jumps to bash Suh how about you actually watch the damn games before you jump to conclusions.

    IMO, Peppers’ hit was more violent than Suh’s but I also believe it was a legal play. I was a big fan of Fairley when he was at Auburn but I’m not blind. I can see that he lifts and drives QBs into the ground and in the NFL he’ll need to change or else he’ll start getting fined and suspended for these hits.

  27. scratchnpost1234 says: Nov 18, 2011 3:52 PM

    ..and if it’s send a message to a rookie time for Goddell, Von miller should get fined for the much later then Fairley’s hit helmet to the back thing he did to Sanchez last night.

  28. metalhead65 says: Nov 18, 2011 3:52 PM

    you lions fans are are clueless homers. watch the peppers play again and you will clearly see he does not clothesline him. his arm is across his chest and he is grabbing him by the pads.if megawimp had not held the ball up high he would not have gone high to make the takle. sue is dirty player fine or not. can’t wait to see lions reaction after someone rips staffords helmet off. and pepper’s play on your tough guy qb was clean as could be last year. your team has not learned the difference between clean hard nosed football the bears play and the dirty over the line kind the lions play. if peppers was trying to hurt stafford he would not have talked with after the play or game. it is called class something the lions no nothing about.

  29. scratchnpost1234 says: Nov 18, 2011 3:53 PM

    ..and another thing cubs fans, tell Cutler to grow a chin and his helmet won’t come off so easily.

  30. cmutimmah says: Nov 18, 2011 3:55 PM

    Does the money even go to NFL charities? I wish there were figures on these fines, where they were sent to, and the good that comes from it.

    And I hope when they do that, it’s not a picture of Goodell’s new 100 inch 3D TV in his bedroom…

    Seems like the more they fine, the worse the hits are…

  31. lionsfanatic84 says: Nov 18, 2011 3:59 PM

    Some of the best players are what some of you call dirty, butkus, night train, biletnikoff, sapp, LT, etc and they are ballot gamers,and today’s dirty players are pretty much perennial pro bowlers like James Harrison, Finnegan, polomalu, ray Lewis and Suh is 1 for 1 and top vote fetter for DT’s. The dirty label has been applied by people that either fear those players or wish they were on there team. The voters have spoken, so please continue this dirty talk I love it. Who on the colts is dirty? Look at their record…

  32. charlutes says: Nov 18, 2011 4:00 PM

    Goodell fined for being an empty suit.

  33. bischof21 says: Nov 18, 2011 4:07 PM

    So I guess Schwartz was the dline coach at Auburn? What’s your excuses for his play there Troy?

    The players are grown men. Stop trying to blame others for their actions.

  34. bischof21 says: Nov 18, 2011 4:08 PM

    Bears fans calling other fans homers……classic

  35. motownroaren says: Nov 18, 2011 4:11 PM

    Enough already, let em play.

  36. smoothjimmyapollo says: Nov 18, 2011 4:17 PM

    “Suh is only called dirty because he is in Detroit. If he were in green bay they would call him a hero.”

    Actually, Suh is called dirty because he’s dirty.

    People want to root for Detroit because they’ve been so bad for so long. Last year, week after week, the Lions were good enough to hang with teams through the first 3.5 quarters. Then, the game would get close to the end, the better team would pull away, and then the Lions would push/shove/fight after each play to act like they weren’t going to be pushed around. That act continues this year. Add on top of it Suh ripping off QB helmets (Dalton, Cutler), Stafford tackling a guy by his helmet because he was mad that he threw a bunch of INTs, Schwartz picking a fight because Harbaugh shook his hand too hard, and countless other ways in which the Lions behave like petulant toddlers, and they become unlikable.

    I’m a Packer fan. I hate rooting for the Bears, but I kind of was last week because the Bears not only play hard, they play the right way.

  37. scratchnpost1234 says: Nov 18, 2011 4:18 PM

    metalhead65 says
    Talk about homers. Peppers hit was clean last year, but go ahead and tell me he didn’t DRIVE Stafford into the turf. Fairleys hit wasn’t late but he DROVE Cutler into the turf and was penalized and fined, what do you want?No complaints from Lionsfans other then griping about Backus whiffing on Peppers last year, but that’s a yearly thing with us. Suh tackling Cutler and Cutlers helmet coming off and you whining about it is priceless. Look at the play. I did Peppers on CJ and agreed it wasn’t a penalty, Briggs on the other hand launched himself with his helmet down, usually an automatic penalty and fine nowadays. I never liked Cutler, but he showed me a lot in these two teams first game in Detroit. too bad the Bears fans are bunch of delusional whiners. We kicked your arse the first game and We kicked our own arse the 2nd game. Good luck the rest of the year.

  38. smoothjimmyapollo says: Nov 18, 2011 4:18 PM

    “..and another thing cubs fans, tell Cutler to grow a chin and his helmet won’t come off so easily.”

    Have you seen Cutler? He has two chins.

  39. thridandlong says: Nov 18, 2011 4:18 PM

    jimmylions says:
    Nov 18, 2011 2:58 PM

    Cutler wears a skirt.

    ————————————–

    Dude, you aren’t even man enough to wear his hashed jock on your head. Cutler would bend you into a pretzel, and then kiss your momma 4 times !

  40. koenig61 says: Nov 18, 2011 4:21 PM

    so im guessing Ray Anderson still doesnt see anything wrong with the hit Heath Miller took from Bengals’ safety Reggie Nelson? According to the NFL’s new defensleless receiver rule, Miller took a hit high – a questionable non fine given the NFL’s stringent enforcement of such hits this season.

  41. havok82 says: Nov 18, 2011 4:22 PM

    How did Suh get away without a fine? He’s a repeat offender!

  42. reed380 says: Nov 18, 2011 4:33 PM

    Bears fans whine a lot.

    It’s football you pansies! Now I know who watches the WNBA. Bears fans!!!

  43. chris6523 says: Nov 18, 2011 4:37 PM

    Fairley has two tackles so far on the season. Surprised he got close enough to Cutler to earn a fine. The early verdict on the Fairley boom/bust trial appears to be bust.

  44. imsmarterthanyou says: Nov 18, 2011 4:44 PM

    It obvious that no one really has a clue as to what is legal and what is illegal. Fans, players, refs, etc. It’s unfortunately open to interpretation and sometimes a player’s reputation gets him fined on plays that are at worst questionable.

    Suh’s helmet removing hit on Cutler was rough, but Cutler got up like always does, and moved on. It was technically legal, but you also can’t tell me that Suh didn’t have some intent there.

    Peppers’s hit should not even be open for discussion. Just because he made Megatron look like a rag doll does not mean that he made an illegal hit. It was violent, but if you were 6’7” 290lbs of rock, your hits would look pretty violent too. Same goes for Suh.

    Briggs’s hit, a lot like the previous two, was not illegal. The refs are just jittery with the new rules and saw someone get flattened and did what they thought was right.

    Lastly…what will the NFL do when someone crushes an opposing player on critical play during the final drive of a Superbowl and an unwarranted 15 yard penalty is called, subsequently affecting the outcome of the game?

  45. troybulletinboard says: Nov 18, 2011 4:46 PM

    @bischof21

    by your same logic Suh’s late smashes and penalties/”dirty” play IS on Schwartz because Suh was never looked at as a dirty player until he got to Detroit. No?

    My comment was pointing out a trend. I’m just pointing out Schwartz is the common thread: Suh, Fairley, Finnegan, Haynesworth. I’m sure there are more examples aside from the ones off the top of my head.

  46. bozosforall says: Nov 18, 2011 4:53 PM

    Kaz says:
    Nov 18, 2011 2:48 PM
    How can a organization be so “classy” yet whine whine whine. Do they think they don’t have to follow the rules the rest of the league follows? Probably. Hey Goodell, don’t let them talk you into allowing the Refs to gift wrap them another Superbowl. Stay strong….

    wtfpft says:
    Nov 18, 2011 2:48 PM
    Are you sure they didn’t meet to go over how they’re going to fix the playoffs and superbowl in order to help the steelers win.

    __
    Goodell would be much more inclined to help out his longtime friend (and the one of the owners who was most instrumental in Roger getting the job back in 2006) Robert Kraft’s team than he would the Steelers.

  47. frank booth says: Nov 18, 2011 4:56 PM

    The Briggs hit was clean- even Calvin Johnson himself said it was a good hit, all shoulder pad.

    He didn’t launch himself- he was certainly moving forward, which most players do on a football field.

    And whoever thinks Peppers hit was a clothesline, you need to watch some old NFL films to see what a clothesline tackle looks like.

    It’s been such a long time since Lions fans have seen good football, they don’t even know what tackling look like.

    And they call Bear fans whiny?

  48. primetime0552 says: Nov 18, 2011 4:59 PM

    As a Lions fans I didn’t think any if them should be fines. Suh hit was questionable, but if you watch the play it didn’t look intentional at all. Same with the Peppers hit. Briggs hit was what I love about football, clean hard hit. Calvin bounced right up from it to.

  49. thefnlimit says: Nov 18, 2011 5:00 PM

    Suh is dirty, but here’s the kicker, who cares. As long as he’s not maliciously dirty that’s ok with me. Just stop with the Delhomme hits and we’re ok.

  50. troybulletinboard says: Nov 18, 2011 5:01 PM

    Dear Lions fans: what made you guys such experts on winning football? Everyone claims they don’t mind how it’s being done as long as you guys are finally winning, so I genuinely hope you guys are all on board with Tim Tebow, because you guys sound exactly like those fans. You’re better than you were, that can never be contended- but is it sustainable in a manner outside of your core players being young? Your team is at a crossroads, you can easily end up being last year’s Chiefs if you don’t watch yourself. Anyone can win a few games with some talent. Congrats, you’re 6-3, now go look up how many teams went 6-3 and had the number one pick 2 years later. Pull your head out of your own you know what’s long enough to realize you’re running a marathon, not in a regional arm wrestling tournament.

  51. scratchnpost1234 says: Nov 18, 2011 5:13 PM

    smoothjimmyapollo says:
    Nov 18, 2011 4:18 PM
    Those aren’t chins Jimmy, they’re neck waddles………..

  52. lionsfanatic84 says: Nov 18, 2011 5:18 PM

    Troy how bout we mope around with nothing but self pity to apease you

  53. scratchnpost1234 says: Nov 18, 2011 5:18 PM

    primetime0552 says:
    Nov 18, 2011 4:59 PM
    Briggs hit was how you were taught to hit, but that type of hit has been drawing fines lately. I thought Fairley’s hit was good form tackling, wrap them up and put them down, but you can’t do that at all to any QB’s anymore. I don’t have a problem with some protection of the QB’s, I do have a problem with some of the QB’s whining for calls everytime they are hit. More of the p%$$yfication of the NFL. It’s not a sport anymore it’s entertainment.

  54. scratchnpost1234 says: Nov 18, 2011 5:23 PM

    frank booth says:
    Nov 18, 2011 4:56 PM
    Yes Frank, a lot of them are whiney, and Briggs feet off the ground….that’s called launching, didn’t say I liked the NFL rules, but it’s been called on a lot of other hits like that this season and last. Anywho, glad they didn’t get caried away with the fines and nobody got suspended….moving on now…………..

  55. lionsfanatic84 says: Nov 18, 2011 5:24 PM

    How is it the bears win big and their fans do nothing but complain?

  56. oren120 says: Nov 18, 2011 5:50 PM

    troybulletinboard says: Nov 18, 2011 5:01 PM

    Dear Lions fans: what made you guys such experts on winning football? Everyone claims they don’t mind how it’s being done as long as you guys are finally winning, so I genuinely hope you guys are all on board with Tim Tebow, because you guys sound exactly like those fans. You’re better than you were, that can never be contended- but is it sustainable in a manner outside of your core players being young? Your team is at a crossroads, you can easily end up being last year’s Chiefs if you don’t watch yourself. Anyone can win a few games with some talent. Congrats, you’re 6-3, now go look up how many teams went 6-3 and had the number one pick 2 years later. Pull your head out of your own you know what’s long enough to realize you’re running a marathon, not in a regional arm wrestling tournament.
    —————————————————

    I hate when people try to go at things from this angle. Yes, if the fans aren’t careful with how hard they cheer, the team could suck next year. Why would I reserve my excitement for a team because we MIGHT go backwards next year?

  57. woodyg says: Nov 18, 2011 5:50 PM

    Gotta give ‘So-So-Suh’ some credit ….. He obviously has taught the finer points of the game to his rookie teammate, Fairley ….. Now the Loins have two chances on the DL where either could help lose a game with another stupid penalty ……

    What a duo …….The 2nd coming of ………

    “Dumb & Dumber”

  58. edavidberg says: Nov 18, 2011 5:54 PM

    Anyone who says the Peppers hit was a penalty please show me where there is a rule against making arm tackles. The replay clearly showed there was no contact with the neck or helmet. This should not even be a debate.

    Night Train used to grab facemasks and hit people in the head. He also made a whole lot of nice hits that would still be legal (although as the following video shows his favorite move was apparantly to lauch himself into the upper chest/head of the ball carrier).

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-top-ten/09000d5d81118473/Top-Ten-Most-Feared-Tacklers-Dick-Lane

  59. mycrackie says: Nov 18, 2011 9:40 PM

    Lionpride10-
    Suh is a dirty player just look at the cheap shots he always takes!!! And cause hes from Detroit that town is crappy as he is.

  60. ricardocabeza says: Nov 18, 2011 10:14 PM

    Let me see if I understand this correctly
    Matt Stafford grabs DJ Moore by helmet and windmills him to ground. Moore retaliates.
    Stafford $7500
    Moore $ 15,000 and injured for next week

    Suh put Cutler in running full nelson with obvious intention of breaking his neck. Earl Bennett wears the wrong color shoes
    Suh $0
    Bennett $10,000

    Seeing Goodell go to new level of faking concern for players and being all about the bottom line
    Priceless!

  61. thejuddstir says: Nov 18, 2011 10:24 PM

    Kinda looks like Suh’s trip to New York to “visit” with Goodell has “paid dividends” to both of them maybe. Suh is a good enough player that he doesn’t have to play dirty but with the overall chippy dirty attitude of the Lions, it’s rather obvious to everyone that Schwartz is the culprit and is encouraging his players to play dirty. As one poster pointed out earlier, Schwartz did coach Haynesworth when he stepped on a dude’s head, he coached the crazy dirty Finnegan in Tennessee and has now bought his act to Detroit.

  62. hendeeze says: Nov 19, 2011 1:31 AM

    I didn’t see any mention of “the wind” getting fined

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