For the third time this season, Ndamukong Suh has been fined by the NFL league office. For the first time, it’s not for hitting anybody.
Suh made a throat-slash gesture against Tampa Bay last Sunday after making a play in the backfield, making this perhaps the most objectively fine Suh has ever received. If anything, Suh actually got away with one here, as the refs in the game neglected to call the 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct the throat-slash is supposed to automatically garner.
Luckily for Suh and the Lions, the gesture wasn’t flagged, and it only draws a $7,875 fine. There’s nothing unfair about this: Dez Bryant got the exact same treatment for the same move earlier this season, and the gesture has been banned by the league for more than a decade.
So as it works out, after Suh plays one of his most dominant and clean games as a Detroit Lion against the Packers, he still ends up in the news the next day for getting in trouble.
And this time, it’s actually his fault.
Here’s where we sit now with the NFL’s fines in Lions games this year.
Ndamukong Suh — 3 fines/$139,375
Rest of Detroit Lions — 10 fines/$112,375
Detroit Lions Opponents — 2 fines/$23,625
According to Spotrac.com, Ndamukong Suh has now garnered more fines from the league office than 11 entire NFL teams. Despite that, Lions players in general are only the 16th-most penalized financially overall in the NFL. That’s largely a result of not drawing any suspensions from the league office, which is an understated, but important, part of the Lions’ relative success this year.