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Lions Suh fined $15,000 for hit on Cutler

Detroit Lions tackle Ndamukong Suh was fined $15,000 for his controversial tackle on Bears QB Jay Cutler Sunday. The play – later deemed an “unnecessary non-football act” by referee Ed Hochuli – occured when Suh shoved Cutler down from behind after the QB scrambled for an 8-yard gain deep in Detroit territory.

Suh drew an unsportsmanlike contact penalty for the hit and the play resulted in a 7-yard penalty against the Lions. While Lions coach Jim Schwartz disagreed with the flag during and after the game, Lovie Smith felt it was the right call.

I’ve gone on record as saying the play should NOT have drawn a flag. Obviously, the QB-protecting folks at the NFL office disagreed.

Suh has already drawn attention for two other tackles this year – one a preseason assault of Browns QB Jake Delhomme and another on the Cowboys’ Marion Barber, when he pulled the RB down by his hair. According to league rules, the Barber tackle should not have resulted in a flag, but officials (incorrectly) ruled it a horse-collar tackle.

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