The Detroit Lions deal with Ndamukong Suh causing controversy at least once a season. Suh didn’t take long to pay up for it this year, as the NFL leveled an historic fine on the Lions’ defensive tackle on Sept. 10. His illegal block on the Minnesota Vikings’ John Sullivan on Sept. 8 cost him a record-setting $100,000, and probably wouldn’t have cost the same for anyone with a cleaner history.
Suh has now lost a total of $177,500 from fines over his career, not counting the $164,000 in game checks he lost for his two-game suspension in 2012. He avoided another suspension this time around, but he hardly got any other benefit of the doubt from the NFL, as it handed him the largest fine in history without a suspension.
The Lions already escaped disaster from the play itself, despite how Suh’s low block negated an interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter. Detroit still won by 34-24, yet Suh’s latest questionable hit and biggest fine to date are stealing focus from that win.
The Lions need Suh to be intimidating on the field, but it has always come with a cost, whether through fines or unpopularity. This is the fourth straight year Suh has been docked for illegal play in his four-year career, yet Detroit needs to hope there won’t be any more incidents in 2013, since he got it out of his system early this season. But if he does something like this again soon, his latest fine likely won’t stay in the record books for long.
Here is a list of all the fines and incidents Suh has provoked to get to this point, whether it is one of no return or not.