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NFL decides not to fine Suh for Week Two illegal hit on Winston

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In Week Two, Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh applied a vicious elbow to the helmet of Cardinals tackle Eric Winston.  The league, we’re told, believed the maneuver to be a clear violation of the rules.

But the NFL has now advised PFT that Suh won’t be fined for it.

The reason for the decision not to fine him hasn’t been disclosed.  His history speaks for itself.  The play in question speaks for itself.

The problem apparently is that the NFL didn’t notice the hit during the normal course of doling out fines.  As a league source explained it to PFT last Sunday, a suspension was highly unlikely because Suh would have been (and the Redskins would argue should have been) suspended for Week Three.  Suspending Suh for Week Four would have created an unfair advantage for the Bears, who face Detroit on Sunday.

Given that Suh’s history (including a $100,000 fine for an illegal hit in Week One) has him supposedly on the brink of a suspension, the league possibly decided to simply keep the books closed on Week Two.

Regardless of the reason(s), Suh got away with one in Week Two.  We’ve got a feeling it’s the only time something he does on the field will go unnoticed by the league office.

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69 Responses to “NFL decides not to fine Suh for Week Two illegal hit on Winston”
  1. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 27, 2013 4:30 PM

    Now we are just letting people who only play to end careers play as dirty as they want to without any repercussions?

    >

  2. 50brady23moss says: Sep 27, 2013 4:30 PM

    But Newton gets ducked 10,000 for visor clips LOL. Shows how serious they are about this whole player safety thing.

  3. blowpackblow says: Sep 27, 2013 4:31 PM

    He will get suspended after he makes Cutler cry this Sunday

  4. beardown1313 says: Sep 27, 2013 4:33 PM

    Does Suh have a really tiny head or a gigantic body? I can’t figure it out.

  5. bmorell says: Sep 27, 2013 4:35 PM

    You need to stop; there is plenty of aggression that is taken out on the field, none of them are choir boys. Instead of pretending that each incident should be more heavily punished; why don’t judge the egregious ones (i.e. crotch kick, stomp) they way the should, and the rest accordingly. Hell the one with Cutler keeps getting lumped in and that was a legit one!

    This is a pile on witch hunt

  6. mackcarrington says: Sep 27, 2013 4:35 PM

    Now if Suh does anything else “dirty” this season, they will look back on this and just add it to the pile. He keeps giving them reasons to really sock it to him down the road.

  7. chip56 says: Sep 27, 2013 4:36 PM

    So how long before some O-Linemen decide they’re sick of this guy and “High/Low” him and knock his knee into next week?

  8. nfl4days says: Sep 27, 2013 4:37 PM

    Still waiting for Meriweather.

  9. thesmartest1 says: Sep 27, 2013 4:38 PM

    Goodell take the day off?

  10. 60193sheik says: Sep 27, 2013 4:39 PM

    Are they going to wait till he ends someones career to do something?

  11. dtownsportslions says: Sep 27, 2013 4:40 PM

    “Suh is running around the streets shooting his pellet gun in the air yelling YES, reports are he is scaring the neighbors”

    Per Jay Glazer

  12. stevemo says: Sep 27, 2013 4:41 PM

    chip56 says: Sep 27, 2013 4:36 PM

    So how long before some O-Linemen decide they’re sick of this guy and “High/Low” him and knock his knee into next week?

    ——–

    What a great idea.

    “Brah, I saw how you punched that guy that was holding you Week 2 and I aint cool with that so I’m going to dive at your knees in attempt to end your career.”

  13. larryboodry says: Sep 27, 2013 4:42 PM

    As much as I’d like to see Suh get suspended for his dirty play, I sincerely hope he doesn’t earn one Sunday.

  14. mn1288 says: Sep 27, 2013 4:43 PM

    beardown1313 says:
    Sep 27, 2013 4:33 PM
    Does Suh have a really tiny head or a gigantic body? I can’t figure it out.

    —————————-

    Either way, he has a very tiny brain that happens to be full of sociopath tendencies.

  15. linemanguy74 says: Sep 27, 2013 4:45 PM

    HIGH/LOW COULDN’T HAPPEN TO A NICER GUY

  16. lionpride10 says: Sep 27, 2013 4:47 PM

    Didn’t Winston himself say it was a clean play? And who in the league office said it was illegal? I believe you should put your soapbox away. After all, didn’t you say you were reviewing EVERY play Suh was in last week to see if he did anything illegal? Non bias

  17. sosuhme says: Sep 27, 2013 4:50 PM

    I suspect the NFL didn’t want to set a precedent of the media conducting film review of players they don’t like and then trying to get that player suspended

  18. thestrategyexpert says: Sep 27, 2013 4:53 PM

    But I thought they reviewed this stuff you know for quality control and to evaluate how the officials are performing and such. I guess that was just a nice pretend thought.

  19. gcousineau says: Sep 27, 2013 4:54 PM

    Suh is a greatly talented DT. Not sure why the media is determined to make a smear campaign against him. Once not all that long ago aggressive play was admired in this league. Apparently not in today’s much kinder gentler NFL. By the way nice unbiased piece of journalism.

  20. mogogo1 says: Sep 27, 2013 4:57 PM

    Now they’re going back multiple weeks to fine guys? This is just getting silly. Have they fined him for any plays he made in college yet?

  21. hatesycophants says: Sep 27, 2013 5:00 PM

    You are a bald-faced liar.

  22. woodworthbayoutiger says: Sep 27, 2013 5:01 PM

    Well Suh should be fined. Given the incompetence from the last CBA to BountyGate and the concussion lawsuit this is no surprise. Keep up the good work commish and pretty soon well have to watch games on the Oprah channel.

  23. mn1288 says: Sep 27, 2013 5:02 PM

    gcousineau says:
    Sep 27, 2013 4:54 PM
    Suh is a greatly talented DT. Not sure why the media is determined to make a smear campaign against him. Once not all that long ago aggressive play was admired in this league. Apparently not in today’s much kinder gentler NFL. By the way nice unbiased piece of journalism.

    ————————

    Yeah, it’s when suicides started getting tied to pro sports.

  24. jaglazer says: Sep 27, 2013 5:06 PM

    Perez Florio’s chicken little drama queen routine was irrelevant so he’s going to pout & keep throwing dirtbombs

  25. offinlimbo says: Sep 27, 2013 5:10 PM

    James Harrison would have been suspended…

  26. wearethesteelers says: Sep 27, 2013 5:16 PM

    What a joke

  27. bart3976 says: Sep 27, 2013 5:16 PM

    Great picture of Suh, he looks very intelligent.

  28. kingmj4891 says: Sep 27, 2013 5:22 PM

    When has suh ever injured someone??? tell me because then I will believe he is a dirty player until then I am not buying it reminds me of the great defensive players before the league went all fantasy football crazy

  29. gooolions says: Sep 27, 2013 5:28 PM

    They really should have started suspending him that time that he pushed cutler down to hard from behind. I mean the guy is a animal he has hurt like 0 players that is just unacceptable something must be done.

  30. toonzes says: Sep 27, 2013 5:31 PM

    and for those of you who think that Suh isn’t intelligent watch and listen to him speak and you’ll realize how misled you are.

  31. editstet says: Sep 27, 2013 5:38 PM

    Suh didn’t get away with anything. The person getting away something is Florio in his vendetta against Suh. The visual evidence from other angles didn’t support Florio’s claim. That’s all. Florio, as a lawyer, should know he should present all the evidence and angles, not just those support his bias. The NFL investigated, found nothing actionable. Florio is on the verge of needing psychological counseling for his obsession with Suh.

  32. mylionsroaring says: Sep 27, 2013 5:45 PM

    The league didn’t see it as Suh got away with one. They seen like most everyone else YOU ARE ON A WITCH HUNT!!!! Get over it Suh is no wheres near as bad as you think he is. Will the guy ever be treated fair again????? I doubt it as long as you are reporting

  33. foofooface says: Sep 27, 2013 5:47 PM

    ahh, florio… did Suh steal your lunch money or something?
    its pretty apparent that you dont like the him, i mean deliberately looking at each of his plays for a story to try to get him penalized? youre ridiculous.
    even Winston said it was legal, he didnt “get away” with anything. super pathetic of you… but im sure that wont stop you from looking for more dirt on Suh…
    you may as well go back to his college tape and see what you can dig up there, i wouldnt be surprised if you already have

  34. toonzes says: Sep 27, 2013 5:47 PM

    Receivers and RB’s get shoved from behind as bad as Suh’s push on Cutler was. Don’t be an idiot.

  35. contract says: Sep 27, 2013 5:47 PM

    I’ll say it again … he must be a favorite of Roger Goodell, because I’ve never seen any player get away with as much garbage as Suh does.

  36. truths4all says: Sep 27, 2013 5:54 PM

    If Suh had done any of his dirty deeds during a game against the teams that the NFL bends over backwards to favor (Broncos, Colts, Steelers, Patriots, Bears, Falcons, Packers, Redskins, or Cowboys), you can bet serious money that he would be suspended now for some significant games.

    As it were, blown calls, bad calls, and non-calls are the norm the poor and crummy teams (Cardinals, Jags, Raiders, Bills, Browns, etc) in the league have come to expect each and every week. Obviously the NFL has to have games where they assign their poorest and most incompetent officials and these are the teams whose games the bottom refs are always dumped on.

  37. sb44champs says: Sep 27, 2013 6:18 PM

    Sheesh… Just how much DID Suh PAY Goodell in that ‘meeting’ they had a while back?

  38. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Sep 27, 2013 6:20 PM

    goodell is sleeping with suh obviously…..

  39. toonzes says: Sep 27, 2013 6:21 PM

    Goodell makes $10,000,000 a year, I think he’s good, DA.

  40. chi01town says: Sep 27, 2013 6:26 PM

    The stage is set.. NOW as soon as Suh do some dirt against Kyle Long
    after Long whoop his a%$ the ref’s can throw him out the game. then the league can kick him out for another 8 games. like they should have already done.

  41. jimnaizeeum says: Sep 27, 2013 6:32 PM

    This turd gets away with an elbow to the head, but a kicker is fined for a horse collar tackle (should have been fined, but the amount seemed a bit excessive)

  42. mylionsroaring says: Sep 27, 2013 6:42 PM

    There has NEVER BEEN A PLAYER TO MISS A GAME due to a hit Suh gave. I don’t think he is dirty just old school and hard nosed.

  43. keepingitrealdumb says: Sep 27, 2013 6:44 PM

    offinlimbo says:
    Sep 27, 2013 5:10 PM

    James Harrison would have been suspended…
    ===================================

    agreed .. but .. Harrison wouldn’t do that, Harrison is not a dirty player the way this guy is. Harrison just plays extra hard and vicious within the rules .. his stuff is all football.

    Suh’s stuff is NOT football .. elbows to the head, kicks to the groin, stomping on arms .. that is not football.

  44. foofooface says: Sep 27, 2013 6:44 PM

    in other news: Suh eats babies, kicks puppies, punches old ladies in the mouth, and doesnt recycle.

  45. cmb84 says: Sep 27, 2013 6:44 PM

    I understand pandering to public reaction, but you’ve lost all respect of your colleagues at this point, right?

  46. 85ebs85 says: Sep 27, 2013 6:54 PM

    You sure ride his jock pretty hard

  47. theboondoggles says: Sep 27, 2013 6:55 PM

    keepingitrealdumb says:
    Sep 27, 2013 6:44 PM

    Suh’s stuff is NOT football .. elbows to the head, kicks to the groin, stomping on arms .. that is not football.
    ===================

    Let’s just edit that for accuracy:
    elbows to the [helmet], [flying ninja cartwheel] kicks to the groin [while falling to the ground, facing the opposite direction], stomping on arms [in obvious, idiotic fashion]

    See? I gave you one there.

  48. theboondoggles says: Sep 27, 2013 6:57 PM

    Really? A third deletion? What’s offensive about this post?

    theboondoggles says:
    Sep 27, 2013 6:49 PM
    Thanks for deleting my comment again, but seriously: helmet beats elbow. This isn’t the NBA.

  49. theboondoggles says: Sep 27, 2013 7:02 PM

    theboondoggles says:
    Sep 27, 2013 6:55 PM
    keepingitrealdumb says:
    Sep 27, 2013 6:44 PM

    Suh’s stuff is NOT football .. elbows to the head, kicks to the groin, stomping on arms .. that is not football.
    ===================

    Let’s just edit that for accuracy:
    elbows to the [helmet], [flying ninja cartwheel] kicks to the groin [while falling to the ground, facing the opposite direction], stomping on arms [in obvious, idiotic fashion]

    See? I gave you one there.
    ===================

    Dang. I forgot to change all the plural nouns to singular nouns.

  50. rikalicious1 says: Sep 27, 2013 7:14 PM

    No bias here? “vicious elbow to the helmet”? PFT used to be about information, not opinion. Drawing attention to oneself must be a ploy for more airtime. “15 to 20 yards away from the play”? more like 5 and the closest player to the linebacker, and CLEARLY not intentional. Makes me as sick as all the opinions of people that didn’t see either play

  51. cballlv11 says: Sep 27, 2013 7:18 PM

    Maybe Suh should change his name to something less offensive…

  52. baddegg says: Sep 27, 2013 7:20 PM

    As a league source explained it to PFT last Sunday, a suspension was highly unlikely because Suh would have been (and the Redskins would argue should have been) suspended for Week Three.

    ——————

    Shocker the NFL rules so that the Redskins are shafted again.

    But hey, I hear that RGIII is due to be harrassed again next week for another phantom equipment violation.

  53. powayslugger says: Sep 27, 2013 7:23 PM

    Nice try to get Suh another fine Florio… I’ll bet your pissed they wouldn’t listen to your whining about the Lions DT. Your hate against this guy has hit a road block… but don’t worry if you can keep combing through play by play of future Lions games I am sure you’ll be able to find another penalty on him that the refs missed.

    Keep up your Suh witch hunt…. two thumbs down on your stupid crusade and personal vendetta against him and the Lions.

    It must be tough to keep that hate bottled inside… maybe YOU need some anger management classes along with Suh???

  54. tooka1mm says: Sep 27, 2013 7:40 PM

    The media needs to find another player to harass!

  55. caffeene says: Sep 27, 2013 8:26 PM

    Lions fans should boycott this website because of the WITCHHUNT Pft is on for Suh. You guys went through tape a week later to find something to call dirty. Just pathetic.

  56. chi01town says: Sep 27, 2013 9:06 PM

    When you stomp on a player from a standing position ITS DIRTY.
    When you kick a player between his legs ITS DIRTY.
    When you snatch the helmet off of a player ITS DIRTY.
    When you go after a players knees away from the play ITS DIRTY.
    Suh is dirty and needs to be threw out for 8 games. and let him know that the next time it will be a year. and after that hes gone for good. this will stop him one way or the other

  57. klong311 says: Sep 27, 2013 9:59 PM

    “His history” – it’s football. White/LT/all the greats were just as dirty and got praised for what he does. Social media and the wussificstion of football have made this out to be way more than what it truly is. Get over it.

  58. mitchication says: Sep 27, 2013 10:04 PM

    The league knows that elbowing someone in the HELMET hurts the elbower a lot more that the elbowee. Seriously, have a friend put on a helmet then throw a hard elbow at ‘em.

  59. radsputin says: Sep 27, 2013 10:23 PM

    When Ernie Sims was with the Lions, his mom was talking to the press about when Ernie was a little kid and played soccer. He was bigger and tougher and more aggressive than the other kids. The other kid’s parents complained that Ernie was too tough and made the other kids look bad.

    That’s what we have here. You whiners sound like all those soccer parents. Suh’s too tough! Somebody’s gotta do something to get rid of Suh! Same people would love him if he was on their team.

  60. mhohmann says: Sep 27, 2013 10:24 PM

    Has Suh ever cheapshotted a black player? Seems like all white guys?

  61. megatronz says: Sep 28, 2013 12:25 AM

    So Suh plays dirty but news flash, this league’s history is full of dirtbags. Roethlisberger, Vick are somehow stars. Donte Stallworth is not but still is given chances. We forget about Jovan Belcher and Josh Brent already? The list goes on. But obsess over Suh and live in this fantasy world that the NFL is full of swell role models for the kids. Fester yourself in this delusional rage.

  62. thep1553doff1 says: Sep 28, 2013 1:41 AM

    Suh is a dirty, dirty player. Him and Gregg Williams would make one beast of a love child between the two of them.

  63. 1driven1 says: Sep 28, 2013 3:43 AM

    As you all know you would be bitter too if you were a boy named Suh

  64. olcap says: Sep 28, 2013 5:47 AM

    Looks like Suh scares the crap out of Goodell too.

  65. bubba703 says: Sep 28, 2013 6:54 AM

    So we just learned Suh did not get fined for every single bad thing he does on the field? Shocking. The next thing you know, we might learn T.O. still wants to play for another NFL team.

  66. bennyb82 says: Sep 28, 2013 7:59 AM

    It was also reported that Suh did not come to a complete stop at the stop sign on his way home from practice.

  67. archibaldnemesis says: Sep 28, 2013 8:13 AM

    Golden Tate gets fined for an unflagged, legal hit and Suh gets aways with the dirty.

  68. billsfan1 says: Sep 28, 2013 9:23 AM

    So now we dont suspend due to the “unfair advantage” given to the opposing team?

    who do they think they are ? the NHL?

  69. flipadelphia says: Sep 28, 2013 10:27 AM

    This just in…Florio has his people reviewing HD footage from the Redskins game and will release all the Suh related info next week. Once again, nobody will care.

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