By Ashley Dunkak
ALLEN PARK (CBS DETROIT) – Apparently, not all low blocks are created equal.
A week after Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh made headlines for getting slapped with a $100,000 fine from the NFL for diving at Minnesota center John Sullivan’s knees in an illegal block, Suh ended up on the receiving end of a similar hit.
Deadspin put up an article about that hit, just as they did about Suh’s hit on Sullivan. The first line of the story that accompanies the video reads, “This is what happens to you when you earn a reputation as the NFL’s dirtiest player.”
Arizona right guard Paul Fanaika took an obvious cheap shot. The play had passed both him and Suh by, the ball carrier was going to the ground, and Fanaika fell at Suh’s knees right as the whistle blew.
Suh said the play was nothing new and that it would not deter him in the least.
“Happens all the time,” Suh said. “It’s not going to stop. I look forward to it, look forward to keeping making plays down the field. To me it’s just gnats that are in the air that keep going after you and you swat at them. Sometimes you hit them, sometimes you don’t, sometimes they just run away, sometimes they come back again, but ultimately I’m that bee going to find that honey hole. That’s what I go and do.”
Lions coach Jim Schwartz would not reveal any conversations with the NFL regarding the contradiction, but he did point out that the rules allow a double standard.
“For an offensive lineman to do it, it’s legal as long as he’s in front,” Schwartz said. “He can’t do it from behind, but if he’s from the front, it’s legal. Is it less of an injury risk? No, but it’s a legal play as opposed to a play that’s penalized, so it just is what it is.”