The NFL is discussing possible punishment for Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh after his low block hit against defenseless Vikings player John Sullivan. Suh hit Sullivan below the knee on a play he was clearly not a part of. He has been fined, but a suspension is being considered.
Suh denied doing this on purpose. “What he explained to me was he didn’t want to hit him high because if he hits him in the head right there that’s a peel-back (block) and that’s a penalty also, and he was trying to hit him at the waist and ended up in a bad spot and went low,” explained coach Jim Schwartz.
Sullivan surprisingly did not suffer from serious injury in a play that could have ended his career. During the offseason, he had surgery on his knee. Sullivan told KFAN “I don’t think he was trying to hurt me, but there need be consequences when guys don’t respect the careers of other players.”
Vikings fans also voiced their unhappiness about Suh’s block. Defensive tackle, Kevin Williams, was out for the first week due to a very similar issue in a preseason game against the 49ers.
This is not the first time Suh has been in the news for a dirty play. He has been punished multiple times for foul play. In 2011, he was suspended for stomping on the arm of a Green Bay Packer and in 2012, he was fined $30,000 for kicking the Texans quarterback in the groin.
But the real question is, where will this end? One would think that after five hefty fines and a suspension in the 2011 season, he would change his behavior, but this does not appear to be the case. Are fines and suspensions not enough? What will it take for the aggressive defensive tackle to respect the other players and their careers?