Minnesota Vikings C John Sullivan talks about Ndamukong Suh’s fine

Aug 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) during a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL decided to fine Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh a $100,000 for an illegal low block on Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan’ left knee. Suh dodged a potential suspension.

“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.”

Sullivan laid on the ground holding his knee after the play, but stayed in the game and said he feels fine. Sullivan had micro-fracture on that knee in the offseason as well, which made the move all the more riskier for Sullivan in particular. Sullivan was pretty well behind DeAndre Levy who had just made an interception, and the chances the center caught the linebacker are slim to none.

The flag on the play cost the Lions the touchdown, which was called back. Suh spoke to Sullivan at halftime and apologized to teammates on Tuesday morning and hasn’t addressed the fine with the media yet.

Was it enough of a fine? Most think not.

Topics: Detroit Lions, John Sullivan, Minnesota Vikings, Ndamukong Suh

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  • Sam Lane

    Cant hit high, cant hit low, cant return kickoffs. Cant sack to QB or tackle at the Pro Bowl. Not long before, must grab both yellow flags near the waste. No more professional Pro football, only Fraud football and Fraud Pro bowl.

    • twrdh

      Yes you can return kickoffs, and what is wrong with players being protected from a blow to the head or to the knees? Granted they baby QBs to much since a player going up to block a pass and having his hands come down and his fingers graze the face mask is considered a PF blow to the head, but protecting a player from being hit full speed in the head with another players head needs to be illegal. The effects of concussions far outweigh the need for big hits.

    • coolhand

      Sam, if you’re so concerned about it – put on the pads and get in there. I would love for Sullivan to teach you why that hit is illegal.

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