New York, NY (Sports Network) - The NFL announced on Wednesday that it has
fined Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh $30,000 for his kick to
Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub on Thanksgiving Day.
Earlier in the week, the NFL declined to suspend Suh, though the league
did not rule out fining the controversial lineman for his actions on
Thanksgiving which saw him kick Schaub in the groin while falling to the
ground during a pass rush in the first quarter of Thursday's 34-31 overtime
loss to the Texans.
Suh has a well-documented history of on-field violations and was handed
a 2-game ban last season for stomping on the arm of Green Bay Packers
offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith during a 2011 Thanksgiving matchup,
"I think I'm going to always be punished in some form or fashion for last
Thanksgiving," said Suh after Wednesday's practice. "I apologized for it and
I'm going to continue to apologize for it. It's something that happened, a
mistake that I made. I'm going to continue to move past it. Some people may
not. Some people will."
Suh, voted the league's dirtiest player in a recent poll taken by the Sporting
News, has been fined numerous times by the league for flagrant and
overaggressive play during his three-year career. His most notorious moment
came during Thanksgiving of last season, when he pushed Dietrich-Smith's head
to the turf and deliberately stepped on his arm in a nationally televised
clash with the Packers.
The 2010 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year was immediately ejected from that
game and forced to sit out two others without pay.
Suh also incurred a $20,000 fine for an illegal hit on Cincinnati quarterback
Andy Dalton during the 2011 preseason and was fined twice for unsportsmanlike
conduct during his rookie campaign of 2010.
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