Detroit's Suh to appeal NFL's hefty fine

Lions lineman developing reputation for playing after the whistle
09/11/2013 2:57 PM ET
By Doug Williams

Ndamukong Suh was fined $100,000 by the NFL for an illegal hit in Detroit's opener.(AP)
Ndamukong Suh may have to settle high for hitting low.

Suh was fined $100,000 for his illegal block on Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan. It's the largest fine in NFL history without suspension.

Suh's agents are beginning to gather their case against the fine, but their main argument is reportedly that the amount is simply excessive -- they are not fighting the legality of the hit.

Suh, who was voted a team captain, apologized to his teammates after the game and gave linebacker DeAndre Levy a personal apology. Levy lost what would have been an interception for a touchdown because of Suh's penalty.

This is far from Suh's first run in with fines or suspensions. Along with many fines for hits to quarterbacks, he has previously been fined $30,000 for kicking Matt Schaub in the groin area. And in 2011, Suh was suspended for two games for stomping on Evan Dietrich-Smith.

The most recent victim, John Sullivan, told the USA Today "I'm just happy I wasn't hurt … there's a reason that play is illegal. It's incredibly dangerous. I just feel fortunate that I'll be playing this week."

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