Allen Park, Mich. Ndamukong Suh has been fined a third time for roughing up three different quarterbacks in less than a year.
The Detroit Lions defensive tackle doesn’t plan to change his game.
“Not by any means,” he said Wednesday after he was fined $20,000 by the NFL for a hit on Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton last week. He didn’t like it much, tweeting: “$20,000REALLY???!!!”
The former Nebraska star said he plans to appeal the fine.
“Who wouldn’t?” Suh asked.
The reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year grabbed Dalton and threw the rookie to the turf after he had gotten rid of the ball late in the first quarter of Friday’s preseason game. Suh was flagged for unnecessary roughness.
“The league puts it on the defensive player to know when the ball is gone,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said.
Suh was fined twice last year for hits on Chicago’s Jay Cutler during the regular season and Cleveland’s Jake Delhomme in a preseason game.
Suh’s checking account can absorb the latest hit. His five-year contract is worth $40 million guaranteed and as much as $68 million, though the NFL has increased the fine each time.
“Twenty grand? For the preseason? They’re trying to send a message,” teammate Nate Burleson said.