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.