By Ashley Dunkak
ALLEN PARK (CBS DETROIT) – Just hours ago, Detroit Lions tackle Ndamukong Suh denied even knowing what reporters were referencing when asked about the NFL’s review of his hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden.
Now, a report is coming from Mike O’Hara, a writer who works for the Lions, that the NFL has fined Suh $31,500.
It came out that the NFL was reviewing a Suh hit of Weeden when the league featured its play in a video on its nflevolution.com as part of a series entitled, “Behind Closed Doors: How a Hit Becomes a Fine.”
On the play in question, on which no flag was thrown, Suh does lead with his helmet, nailing Weeden high on the chest a moment after he releases the ball.
“Number 90 hit the quarterback, lowered his head,” the narrator says in the NFL video clip. “That was not called. Potential hit to the body.”
Suh said he is sure he will always be under a microscope due to his draft status and success in the league. Wednesday, at least, SUh did not attribute any of the attention to his long history of pushing the limits of acceptable physicality.
Detroit center Dominic Raiola said the idea of Suh getting fined for that hit was ridiculous.
“Football’s a violent game,” Raiola said. “I don’t think you can every make hitting somebody soft. It’s just ridiculous.
“I saw the play on the sideline,” Raiola added. “It’s not on purpose. It’s ridiculous … It was a football play to me, but I guess maybe my view of football now is different from the way football’s viewed now. I really don’t know what they’re looking at.”