The NFL has fined Detroit Lions player Ndamukong Suh $100,000 for his illegal low block in the season-opening game against the Minnesota Vikings.
“Suh was penalized for violating Rule 12, Section 2, Article 5 (a), which prohibits blocks below the waist by players of either team after a change of possession,” the league said in its statement.
The vice president of football operations, Merton Hanks, contacted Suh about the fine, according to NFL spokesman Randall Liu. Suh appeared to drive at Vikings’ center John Sullivan’s knees during DeAndre Levy’s interception return, which drew a penalty and negated the touchdown.
In his defense, Suh said he wasn’t going after Sullivan’s knees.
“By any means, I’m not going for his knees,” Suh said after the game. “He knows that. We had a great conversation running out at halftime. And he understood. My aim was his waist, to cut him off.”