Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was fined $31,500 for his hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden.
Suh drew scrutiny from NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino.
“We're going to aggressively enforce player safety fouls,” Blandino said in an NFL video. “When I looked at the play, I felt that he did make contact with the forehead-hairline. Lowered the head and made contact with the forehead-hairline. Not to the head or neck, but the rule does prohibit that contact to the body.”
Suh has been fined twice this season, seven times in his career for over $200,000 in fines.
“There's always going to be a microscope on me,” Suh told Detroit reporters. “I think there's been a microscope on me since I was first drafted in 2010 because I was a first-round pick. But I think there is always going to be a microscope on me no matter where it is, from outside media, from the NFL to little kids to anybody. There's going to be somewhat of a microscope. My face is out there. That's become a part of life.”
Earlier this season, Suh was fined $100,000 for a low block on Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan.
“Do I think it's fair? Nothing in life is fair,” Suh said. “It's a double-edged sword. Being successful and having some success in the game is obviously going to garner attention, and I think that's something people deal with in negative ways and positive ways. It's just people get attention, and that's the way it works.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.