(DETROIT FREE PRESS) - The NFL fined Ndamukong Suh $100,000 for his low block on Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan, he said today. Suh was notified by Merton Hanks of the NFL.
Fox Sports was first to raise the possibility of a $100,000 fine.
Suh already has been fined five times in his NFL career, with the amounts progressing from $7,500 for roughing quarterback Jake Delhomme as a rookie to $30,000 for kicking QB Matt Schaub in the groin last Thanksgiving.
Suh's six-figure fine is among the largest in NFL history.
James Harrison was fined $75,000 for a hit on a defenseless receiver last fall, and several other players, including Dunta Robinson and Brandon Meriweather, were fined $50,000 last year.
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was fined $500,000 for his role in the 2007 "spygate" scandal, and Ray Lewis was fined $250,000 for lying to police after a double murder in 2000.
Suh was called for a personal foul when he dived at Sullivan's knees during DeAndre Levy's interception return in the second quarter of the Lions' season-opening 34-24 victory.
The penalty nullified a touchdown.
An NFL official told the Free Press on Monday that the league was considering suspending Suh because he is a repeat offender. If Suh were suspended, he would have lost one game check - $37,058 - for every game he missed.
Suh had been fined a total of $77,500 in his career before today, and he was suspended two games in 2011 for stomping on the arm of Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith. The suspension cost Suh an additional $165,000 in missed gamechecks.
He has made more than $51.7 million in his career so far with the Lions.
Detroit Free Press