Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has found himself in the crosshairs of the NFL once again after another questionable hit.
Yesterday, Suh was penalized for taking out Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan at the knees (see it here), negating an interception return by Lions teammate DeAndre Levy. Despite the hit, Suh insisted that his intent was not to injure, although it took place behind the play.
This morning, ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter reported that Suh will face discipline, according to league sources. It’s hardly the first time–in fact, this is the third year in a row the league has come calling for Suh. Two seasons ago, he stomped a player’s arm in the Thanksgiving 2011 tilt against the Packers (which he denied), earning him a meeting with league commissioner Roger Goodell and two games off, while a kick to Texans QB Matt Schaub’s groin led to a $30,000 fine.
For a player who has picked up a reputation for being a dirty player, this certainly isn’t something that Lions coach Jim Schwartz will be happy about. As ESPN.com’s Lions reporter Michael Rothstein pointed out, this is the third time, and Suh’s overall history of outside the lines play will factor into the level of discipline Suh will receive in the end, whether it’s an elevated fine, a suspension, or both.