In news that will sound very familiar to NFL fans across the country, Ndamukong Suh has been hit with another huge fine. The DT was assessed an amount of $31,500 for his hit on Brandon Weeden during the Detroit Lions‘ win over Cleveland Browns this past Sunday. This fine is the result of Suh lowering his head into Weeden as he released a throw.
Here’s a look at the hit itself and a behind the scenes look at officials reviewing it:
Unlike some of Suh’s other hits, which have clearly been dirty, this one is debatable. Ultimately, officials are saying that the lowering of his head as he made contact with Weeden, was unnecessary.
The irony in all of this is that Suh had just made comments about how he’s now playing under a microscope:
“There’s always going to be a microscope on me. I think there’s been a microscope on me since I was first drafted in 2010 because I was a first-round pick. But I think there is always going to be a microscope on me no matter where it is, from outside media, from the NFL to little kids to anybody.”
I agree with the DT that he is most definitely under close watch from the league, but it’s not because he was a first-round pick or because the media dislikes him. Suh is playing under a microscope because he has a history of sketchy plays. Maybe this latest fine is a little over the top, but it’s his own fault.
Suh would have gotten away with a lot more if he played 20 years ago. The NFL is different these days. If he doesn’t change his playing style, the league is simply going to continue fining the crap out of him.