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.