Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh received a $100,000 fine from the NFL after making an illegal low block on Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan in last Sunday’s game. Sullivan was relatively passive in his comments after the fine was levied.
“I have no say in the process (despite) being a part of the situation,” Sullivan told USA TODAY Sports. “The league did what they felt was appropriate and the matter is settled.”
“I’m just happy I wasn’t hurt — seriously injured,” said Sullivan. “There’s a reason that play is illegal. It’s incredibly dangerous. I just feel fortunate that I’ll be playing this week.”
Where Sullivan wouldn’t go, New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson would.
“I hesitate to call a player dirty simply because I don’t know their intent, but I do know what he did was illegal and I do know he has done it multiple times so it comes a time when enough is enough,” Watson told Andrew Siciliano on NFL Network. “We need to get what he is doing rectified and we need to sit down as players and talk to him. We are talking about player safety and obviously this is a play that lies outside of that. As players, we need to hold ourselves accountable.”
The idea of multiple players talking to him is an interesting one. Watson doesn’t specify whether that would be teammates or respected NFL veterans around the league.
“It is a team game,” Watson said, “and at some point it is going to cost the team a game. So if you care about your team, if you care about the guys you are in the game with, you are going to play within the rules.”
The touchdown scored on the interception was called back after the penalty on Suh, so he did cost his team some points while maybe not the game.