One of the few bright spots for Detroit Lions fans on Monday night was the monster hit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh put on Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in the second quarter. Suh grabbed on to Cutler's left arm as he was chasing him down, and Suh essentially used it to reel Cutler in for a big sack. Cutler was driven into the ground on the play and missed some time with bruised ribs.
My immediate concern after the play happened was the possibility of there being a flag for unnecessary roughness. Although it was pretty clearly a clean play, that hasn't stopped officials from flagging Suh before. For that same reason, I was a bit concerned that the sack could lead to another fine for Suh, but it turns out the NFL is acting sane for a change.
With apologies to Brandon Marshall, NFL has determined Ndamukong's Suh's hit on Jay Cutler was legal play. It was close but no fine coming— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) October 23, 2012
Had the NFL made the incorrect decision to fine Suh, it would have been the second time he received one for a hit on Cutler. Back in 2010, Suh got hit with a $15,000 fine for shoving Cutler down from behind. I personally thought that was a pretty weak move on the NFL's part, so I'm glad they aren't going to fine him this time around.