Lions’ Suh Fined $20,000 for Quarterback Hit, Detroit News Says

Aug. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was fined $20,000 by the National Football League for a hit on Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton during an Aug. 12 preseason game, the Detroit News said.

Suh, 24, was the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2010, when he had 10 sacks and 66 tackles and was also fined twice by the NFL for illegal hits on quarterbacks. He was fined $7,500 for a hit on Cleveland’s Jake Delhomme during the preseason and $15,000 for a hit on Chicago’s Jay Cutler during the regular season.

Suh’s latest fine came after he grabbed Dalton around the head and shoulders and slammed the rookie to the ground after an incomplete pass. In a post on his Twitter feed, Suh wrote, “$20,000REALLY???” followed by more than 100 exclamation points.

Suh, the second pick in the 2010 NFL draft, signed a contract last year that guarantees him $40 million over his first five NFL seasons and could pay him as much as $68 million.

“There’s always a fine line of dirtiness and a fine line of aggressiveness,” Suh told the Detroit Free Press two days after the game against Cincinnati. “I know to this point that in my own heart I haven’t crossed that line by any means.”

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