Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will appeal the $20,000 fine he received today from the NFL. Suh previously appealed the $15,000 fine from last year for his hit on Jay Cutler, and it doesn't appear the appeal was successful. Chances are this one also won't be successful, but I suppose it's worth a shot.
Suh was asked after practice today if this fine will change the way he plays, and I think you can guess what his answer was.
"I’m never going to put myself in a situation where I can allow a play to affect my team because I didn’t follow through on my job," Suh said. "So I’m not going to stop playing hard. Like I said before, I owe it to my fans, I owe it to my teammates, I owe it to the coaches, and I owe it to the fans, first and foremost. That’s the reason why they watch the game. It’s one of the reasons football is football, 'cause it’s physical contract, aggression that is made exciting."
Suh went on to say that he thinks his strength puts referees in a "tough situation." Because players like him are so fast and strong, referees have to deal with policing hits that look pretty vicious. That's really the sole reason his hit on Cutler resulted in a fine last year, and Suh feels like this was a case where the referees erred on the safer side.