While the NFL reportedly is unlikely to suspend Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for diving at the knee of Vikings center John Sullivan well behind the ball after a turnover, the league office plans to get his attention.
Jay Glazer of FOX reports that the NFL is considering a $100,000 fine for Suh.
Given Suh’s total compensation as the second pick in the 2010 draft (which is the last draft that happened without a rookie wage scale), losing the money won’t hurt as much as losing the playing time.
For Suh, the $100,000 fine hurts more than a two-game suspension would. An offseason restructuring reduced his salary to $630,000, which dropped his game checks to $37,058.
Still, the only way to get Suh’s attention will be to sideline him. If the NFL is serious about safety (and the NFL seems to be), deliberate and unnecessary hits can’t be tolerated — especially when delivered to the knee area.
Given the penalties the Saints received in 2012 for merely engaging in huffing and puffing, how does Suh not get suspended for blowing Sullivan’s house down? Last night on NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk, Rodney Harrison said Suh should receive a four-game suspension.
While the league may be a little gun shy after last year’s failed effort to suspend safety Ed Reed for his latest illegal hit on a defenseless receiver, Suh’s actions should be presumed to carry an intent to injure — especially in light of his history.