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Ndamukong Suh apparently fined $20,000

Ndamukong Suh

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh walks off the field after drills during NFL football training camp Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, in Allen Park, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)


We asked over the weekend whether Ndamukong Suh is a dirty player. The NFL at least seems to think that in the Lions’ preseason opener, Suh committed a dirty play.

Suh indicated on Twitter that he was fined $20,000 for his hit on Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton.

There’s been no official announcement of any fine, but Suh’s tweet ("$20,000REALLY???!!”) suggested that the NFL has informed him that’s how much his paycheck will be docked.

Suh might not like it, but the fine was completely appropriate: Suh slammed Dalton to the ground hard after Dalton had already released the ball. And Suh is a repeat offender who delivered the most vicious hit of last year’s preseason when he pummeled Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme.

Last year Suh was fined $7,500 for the hit on Delhomme and then $15,000 for a hit on Jay Cutler. Now he’s at $20,000. We’ll see if this fine gets his attention, or if the NFL slaps Suh with a James Harrison-sized fine next.