Suspend Suh?

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?


3 thoughts on “Suspend Suh?

  1. bpatbend

    Suh has been a head case for Commissioner Goodell since day 1. It’s crazy that the commish hasn’t taken more serious action towards the defensive tackle. I think the only way Suh will stop with his antics is if Goodell suspends him for the remainder of the season if something like this happens again.

    I think this is a well written piece. The quotes do a good job at supporting your case. The only thing I suggest is including less in your lead. As a reader, I felt like I was waiting for something to grab my attention.

  2. Anna Tarullo

    One thing is that I feel like the lede could have been split into two grafs. I just felt it was a little too informative rather than attention grabbing. But the second half of it would make for a great second graf.

    Great use of quotes too! Especially the quote by Coach Jim Schwartz, it was great to have an explanation of Suh’s motives instead of just commenting on how what he did was illegal.

  3. cpace2016

    This graph: “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” came off as a little awkward to me. Defensive tackle Kevin Williams doesn’t need a comma because it’s his title, like head coach Mark Richt.

    Otherwise, this is a good piece and I totally agree with you. Suh was a guy that I described as being “physical” early in his career but has really gone down the road of being just plain dirty. I don’t think he ever got suspended for this, which is a shame. The NFL will continue to make it difficult for defensive players to make clean hits on receivers and even suspend guys like Dashon Goldson for marginal hits, yet this guys keeps scraping by, it baffles me.


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