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NFL does not fine Ndamukong Suh for roughing the passer

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One of the NFL’s most-fined players caught a break this week.

Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who has been fined repeatedly and suspended once for on-field misconduct, was not fined for his roughing the passer penalty last week against the Jaguars.

Suh’s late hit on Jacksonville quarterback Chad Henne was fairly egregious, enough so that Lions coach Jim Caldwell said he’d need to talk to Suh about not hurting his team with penalties. So it’s something of a surprise that the Lions didn’t dock Suh’s pay.

The NFL doesn’t explain the reasons when it doesn’t fine a player, so it’s hard to understand why Suh got away with this one. He’d be wise not to push his luck when the regular season begins.

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45 Responses to “NFL does not fine Ndamukong Suh for roughing the passer”
  1. orangefist says: Aug 29, 2014 3:06 PM

    This guy needs help.
    Believe it or not, he is TOO rough.
    Instead of kill the QB. He should be told to maim the QB

  2. steelerben says: Aug 29, 2014 3:07 PM

    Penalized but not fined, unlike Ngata that was fined but not penalized. Guess they didn’t train together after all.

  3. punkyqb says: Aug 29, 2014 3:07 PM

    He will be some other coachs problem next year.

  4. ariani1985 says: Aug 29, 2014 3:09 PM

    What does the bird say when it flys over Suh?

    “Cheep, cheep, cheep”

  5. kabasaman says: Aug 29, 2014 3:10 PM

    He’ll get plenty during the regular season…

  6. thetruthcampaign says: Aug 29, 2014 3:10 PM

    The Lions aren’t going to dock Suh, because Caldwell said he wants these guys to be physical. If the NFL isn’t doing anything about it, the Lions aren’t either and won’t if they want to remain physical.

    They just don’t want the penalties.

    Remember, it was the very physical and penalized Lions who went to the playoffs in 2011. The very physical and penalized Ravens next won a Super Bowl.

    Guess who was the most penalized team last season? Yes, the Seahawks.

  7. wryly1 says: Aug 29, 2014 3:11 PM

    That was the second time this preseason he’s been flagged for roughing. Suh always has, and will continue to hurt his team with penalties.

  8. ggggggggggmen says: Aug 29, 2014 3:11 PM

    thank god L.T never played in this era.

  9. jaweaver14 says: Aug 29, 2014 3:12 PM

    I honestly don’t believe this hit was as “egregious” as you make it out to believe. It looks far worse in slow motion than it does in real time. Exactly how fast should you be able to stop 300 lbs?

    I think the NFL saw it for what it was, a penalty on a football play, nothing more.

  10. baddegg says: Aug 29, 2014 3:12 PM

    That’s because his name is not “Merriweather.”

    Or Heaven forbid if he ever took a toke.

  11. baddegg says: Aug 29, 2014 3:14 PM

    Brandon Merriweather is suspended two games for a helmet hit that was borderline (but probably fair within the rules that the NFL has laid out) and yet they don’t even fine Suh for an obvious late hit.

    How do they make these decisions?

    Not making excuses for Merriweather. I’m a Redskins fan and quite honestly I think they should cut him. Just wondering what the standard is, if the goal is “player safety.”

  12. thetruthcampaign says: Aug 29, 2014 3:17 PM

    Physical, highly-penalized teams have won the SB the last couple seasons. That is the current model for defenses.

  13. jumbomesquite says: Aug 29, 2014 3:18 PM

    Sounds like I’m wrong here, but I watched the game and I don’t remember Suh being penalized for the hit. Plus, it wasn’t as horrible as this makes it out to be. Yes, it should have been (and was, apparently) a penalty. But leave it as a penalty on the field, not off it. This is getting ridiculous. The NFL finally got one right.

  14. isphet71 says: Aug 29, 2014 3:21 PM

    Transcript of Caldwell’s talk with Suh:

    Caldwell: “lol”

    Suh: “lol”

  15. simplesimon1 says: Aug 29, 2014 3:22 PM

    That’s because it was a little late, but not “egregious” as you keep using when explaining it. You make it sound like he had all the time in the world to stop. He’s 300 pounds and running faster than I can. It doesn’t just stop. Leave it as it is, a penalty that needs to be stopped, nothing more.

    Honestly, these hits happen every single game. Only reason it’s even a subject is because it’s Suh.

    Play on Suh!!!!

  16. scarletmacaw says: Aug 29, 2014 3:22 PM

    Sorry Chad, you’re just not one of the NFL fair-haired favorite quarterbacks, so it’s open season on you.

  17. electricboogalo says: Aug 29, 2014 3:23 PM

    Because Henne isn’t good enough to warrant protection from the league. It’d be $100k fine if he made a mean face while looking at Tom Brady.

  18. Stupid Lions Fan says: Aug 29, 2014 3:23 PM

    They owed him this one.

  19. freddiekroger01 says: Aug 29, 2014 3:24 PM

    Egregious? This is football correct? It was a late hit (shove actually) to the CHEST, and a flag thrown. Enough is enough you freaking pansies. If you don’t like football turn the channel.

  20. ubepunkedagain says: Aug 29, 2014 3:26 PM

    Too bad for Henne that he isn’t one of the NFL’s darling QBs playing for a darling team.

  21. theparadoxx82 says: Aug 29, 2014 3:26 PM

    Could be worse..the Panthers were penalized for a play that technically didn’t even happen. and they still got the penalty wrong

  22. wisconsinhillfolk says: Aug 29, 2014 3:28 PM

    Hasn’t it been your practice to encourage the NFL to fine certain players based on your interpretation of the rules?

  23. rl7911 says: Aug 29, 2014 3:39 PM

    wryly1 says: Aug 29, 2014 3:11 PM

    That was the second time this preseason he’s been flagged for roughing. Suh always has, and will continue to hurt his team with penalties.
    ——–
    Suh had one personal foul last year, and it was for a low block. He’s actually not been penalize that much, he just makes front page for anything he does.

  24. hyzers says: Aug 29, 2014 3:45 PM

    Remember last year when PFT had their weekly Suh Game-Tape update where they would watch all of Suh’s plays from that week and try to find a penalty here in there that should have gotten called but didn’t? That was funny.

  25. trebor64 says: Aug 29, 2014 3:52 PM

    Glad that’s over now ESPN and Golf Channel can get back to talking about Manziel…

  26. bringbackwayne says: Aug 29, 2014 3:58 PM

    If the QB attempts a pump fake there, it’s a sack and possible fumble. If Suh lets up that close, and the pump fake happens, he’s grasping at air.

    I’ll take a few late hit calls, if it means there’ll be some sacks and turnovers coming on other plays.

  27. bigdogbob says: Aug 29, 2014 4:06 PM

    Everyone hates on this guy and all other players like him, until its a player on their favorite team. As a Titans fan i loved Haynesworth and Finnegan and other players like that when they were there. It kept the other team looking for them constantly to make sure they weren’t going to take a big hit. It reduces the offense’s effectiveness. Though i would have to say that stomping on someone is going over the line now matter how you look at it.

  28. cranialdisturbance says: Aug 29, 2014 4:07 PM

    The NFL should not be issuing fines along with every roughing flag. This was a late shove to the chest of the QB, nothing more. There is not reason to fine him. He could’ve murdered Henne if he wanted to.

  29. stinger124 says: Aug 29, 2014 4:09 PM

    Writers, especially PFT writers love to see the best players fail. The never have anything good to report about Suh. Did they mention that he was once voted the most charitable player in the NFL for his off field charity work?
    That hit on Henne was a half step away from being a sack. I understand the penalty because they want to protect quarterbacks but a fine would have been rediculous.
    Years ago I was at a game against the Bears in the old Tiger Stadium. Dick Butkus caught Alte Taylor after a nice gain and he was so mad he threw Taylor into one of the dugouts. No penalty… but Charlie Sanders evened the score a couple of plays later by flattening Butkus with a cross body block. It’s Football.

  30. honalulublue says: Aug 29, 2014 4:17 PM

    I still laugh about the Bears game when Suh, running down Cutler from behind was penalized for pushing him down to hard. NFL is still tougher than the Girl Scouts though.

  31. sportsfan18 says: Aug 29, 2014 4:20 PM

    “Exactly how fast should you be able to stop 300 lbs?”

    He didn’t need to stop… just veer off to the left or to the right…

    He was flagged. He’ll continue to be flagged and he’ll get more fines too.

    They walk a tight rope… aggressive play is mandatory… part of being a PROFESSIONAL player is knowing how to give your all, be aggressive and not get flagged (too much).

    Gotta be smart about it. Can’t be giving a team free yards and downs when it’s 3rd and long.

    Can’t give a team life with only a few min’s left in a game so don’t fire them up with dirty play and give give them more chances via free downs and yards.

    A true pro knows when to be aggressive and when to dial it back a bit.

    Guess that’s why they get millions to play a game…

    It isn’t supposed to be easy.

  32. longtimefanhtr says: Aug 29, 2014 4:34 PM

    The NFL justice system is way out of whack. Nathungkong Suh.

  33. purpleguy says: Aug 29, 2014 4:43 PM

    I think if Suh hit Manziel late, the internet would explode. . . .

  34. grumpyoleman says: Aug 29, 2014 5:24 PM

    Those who know nothing about football will call it egregious, everyone else understands it wasn’t .

  35. brudog says: Aug 29, 2014 5:26 PM

    ….but Merriweather is suspended two games…..good job NFL, way to make a statement

  36. pappageorgio says: Aug 29, 2014 5:26 PM

    Someone said it earlier……the NFL got this one right.

    Suh took one extra step and two-hand-touch on the front of the QB. Wasn’t even a hit. Had Henne really been trying hard he wouldn’t even have had to fall down…..it was one of those QB flops.

  37. thefiesty1 says: Aug 29, 2014 5:40 PM

    Assault charges coming soon to a team in Detroit.

  38. calvinthegreat82 says: Aug 29, 2014 5:51 PM

    hyzers says:
    Aug 29, 2014 3:45 PM
    Remember last year when PFT had their weekly Suh Game-Tape update where they would watch all of Suh’s plays from that week and try to find a penalty here in there that should have gotten called but didn’t? That was funny.

    _____________________________________

    Remember when the Bears got swept by the Lions, by a combined measly 10 points and then finished behind them(Bears) in the division at the end of 2013, that was funny!

    Lions Blow!

    Suh, dirtiest player EVER!!!

  39. largent80100 says: Aug 29, 2014 5:51 PM

    As he shouldn’t be, good decision.

    He got flagged for the late hit so he was penalized already, no need for a fine.

  40. rl79111 says: Aug 29, 2014 5:56 PM

    rl7911 says:
    Aug 29, 2014 3:39 PM
    wryly1 says: Aug 29, 2014 3:11 PM

    That was the second time this preseason he’s been flagged for roughing. Suh always has, and will continue to hurt his team with penalties.
    ——–
    Suh had one personal foul last year, and it was for a low block. He’s actually not been penalize that much, he just makes front page for anything he does.

    _________________________________________

    Suh doesn’t need to be penalized to prove he’s the dirtiest player in the league, everyone already knows it….that’s why the entire NFL media writes articles and reports on the dudes SHADY, DIRTY, SELFISH playing style.

    Wake up, SON!!!
    Lions are the worst team in the NFCN.
    2 Seasons above .500 in 15 years….GARBAGE!!

  41. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Aug 29, 2014 6:12 PM

    Egregious? Get a clue

  42. hyzers says: Aug 29, 2014 6:16 PM

    calvinthegreat82 says:
    Aug 29, 2014 5:51 PM
    hyzers says:
    Aug 29, 2014 3:45 PM
    Remember last year when PFT had their weekly Suh Game-Tape update where they would watch all of Suh’s plays from that week and try to find a penalty here in there that should have gotten called but didn’t? That was funny.

    _____________________________________

    Remember when the Bears got swept by the Lions,

    —————————————————————

    Why yes. Yes I do.

  43. ivanpavlov0000 says: Aug 29, 2014 9:20 PM

    Refs seemed to be throwing the roughing flag quite a bit this preseason. I don’t remember it being this crazy in the past, but there’s a lot more emphasis on protecting the financial interests of the owners.

    A lot of these roughing calls are nonsense. They’re clean hits.

    As for the Bears fans commenting on a Lions story — smells like desperation. And the Bears defense does not look particularly fearsome! Also, be honest, that vast majority of Chicago fans would love to have Suh on their team.

    Then again – Chicago is the city that chased Brian Urlacher out of town, so maybe things have softened a bit.

    But your receiving corps looks great. If Cutler actually gets time to throw (lol!) he’s got some targets.

  44. jonesjourdan24 says: Aug 29, 2014 10:21 PM

    Stop hating Sub!

  45. thompsonway says: Aug 30, 2014 12:24 PM

    IMHO, Suh has daddy issues.

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