Detroit Lions' defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is no stranger to controversy. Almost from Week One of his 2010 rookie season the volatile 27-year-old has garnered a reputation for the controversial, reckless and occasionally downright stupid.
Clocking up NFL fines to the tune of over $200,000 in his four season in the league it looked like Suh was set to dip into his pocket once more after being flagged for roughing the passer in the Detroit Lions' pre-season match up against the Jacksonville Jaguars last Friday night.
Late but lucky
A gif of the incident - in which he is late on Chad Henne whilst also seeming to lower his helmet into the chest of the quarterback - can be seen via this link.
It seems that the NFL may have been showing some mercy however what with the regular-season still a week away.
The NFL today confirmed that Ndamukong Suh will not be fined this time around - a lucky escape for the former Defensive Rookie of the Year especially considering the nature of the hit and his past misdemeanours.
Suh's long list
The Detroit Lions powerhouse avoided further punishment this time around but, as alluded to above, he is no stranger to making dumb and dangerous plays - or picking up the bill for them in the aftermath.
Chad Henne joins a long list of quarterbacks who have been on the receiving end of a late shot from Suh with the likes of Andy Dalton, Matt Schaub and Jay Cutler in the firing line in seasons past.
All of which of course bought with them a customary fine.
These have been added to by Suh in the form of more serious altercations. During the 2013 season alone Suh was fined $100,000 for a block on John Sullivan, the Minnesota Vikings Center as well as receiving a sanction for making cut-throat gestures during another game.
Nothing compares though to 2011 when Suh was suspended for two games after blatantly stamping on Green Bay OL Evan Dietrich-Smith during the Lions-Packers Thanksgiving game.
Of course Suh's play is no where near that severity but it is interesting to see the NFL allow it to pass without further punishment. Only earlier this week ESPN's John Clayton was convinced that the Lions player would be on the receiving end of a fine costing him upwards of $30,000 after his past history.
Suh's Detroit teammate C.J. Mosley will feel vindicated after today's news however having played down the hit in the game's aftermath.
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