NOTEBOOK: Ndamukong Suh fined for hit on Brandon Weeden, according to source

Posted Oct 16, 2013

It was revealed by a source Wednesday that DT Ndamukong Suh has been fined $31,500 for a hit that was not flagged during Sunday's game at Cleveland

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Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh understands he's always going to play this game under a pretty big microscope.

"I think there has been a microscope on me since I was first drafted in 2010, since I'm a first round pick," Suh said Wednesday prior to news of the fine coming to light. "There's always going to be a microscope on me no matter where it is. From the outside media, NFL, little kids to everybody there is going to somewhat of a microscope. My face is out there. It's just part of life."

Suh said Wednesday that he wasn't even aware he was under review by the NFL for a hit that occurred late in the first quarter, when he hit Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden in the chest as he delivered a pass.

Suh was fined $31,500 by the NFL for the hit, a source close to the fourth-year defensive tackle told Mike O'Hara.

"I don't know what they look for," Suh said. "It's their decision to make fines and assess and see what they want to look at. They're going to do what they're going to do."

Suh was not flagged on the play, which is what head coach Jim Schwartz cared most about.

"Scrutiny is a part of this game. Particularly for high profile players and he certainly fits the bill as a high profile player," Schwartz said Wednesday.

"We want to avoid penalties. We don't want to put our team in a bad position. After that, there are a lot of things where they look one way when it's full speed and look another way when you slow them down."

Suh was fined $100,000 after a low block he threw on Minnesota center John Sullivan Week 1 during a DeAndre Levy interception return.

Suh appealed the fine, but lost.

"Can't do anything about it," Suh said of the appeal. "You just have to move forward, that's the only thing you can do. Just move on to the next week and understand what you have at hand and try to make the most of it."

It's unclear if he will appeal his latest fine.

Suh said he's only worried about one thing and that's stopping Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton and the Bengals offense.

"Andy Dalton gets rid of the ball and he's a guy that manages their game really well," Suh said. "He doesn't want to make mistakes and doesn't want to have turnovers, so he's going to make quick accurate decisions to make sure he protects that ball.

"I think it's going to be a challenge for us as it has been with previous games this year. One, for us to get him to hold the ball. Two, to get back there quicker."


Running back Montell Owens was back on the practice field for the first time since injuring his knee Week 3 of the preseason vs. New England.

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The Pro Bowl special teamer is eligible to come off short-term IR following the Lions bye week, which means he has a few weeks to get back into the swing of things.

More than anything, Owens said he was just happy to be one of the guys again.

"We've built a sense of camaraderie and when you're away six, seven and eight weeks, you miss that," Owens said. "So just to get back felt outstanding. It felt great to get back today."

Owens said these next couple weeks will be key for him to get the knee game-ready and that he's right on schedule with the plan set up for him to return by Week 9.

"He's a good player for us and we miss him on the field, but he also brings something more than just his play," Schwartz said. "He's a good leader and it's good to have that back on the field."

Owens said it's always good when a veteran player returns to the field.

"This team is built with leaders in certain places and certain spots," Owens said. "It's strategic. I think that's what good teams have and what I've been freely given I freely give."


The Lions and cornerback Chris Houston have a tough test this week in trying to contain Bengals All Pro receiver A.J. Green.

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"You have to just manage the game," Houston said. "You can't go in trying to pick off a slant. You tackle those, because the minute you go in and (try to) pick it off, he'll double move you.

"You have to be aware of where you're at on the field and you have to know where he's at and be in-tune with your down-and-distance and formations and take the deep balls away from him."

Green ranks seventh in the NFL with 37 catches this year and has four touchdowns. Like Calvin Johnson, who Houston goes against every day in practice, Green is a terrific combination of size and speed and the Bengals like to get him down the field in the vertical passing game.

"His game is outside vertical," Houston said. "If you can get him to go inside and catch slants and hitches, but don't let him get the deep ball, it kind of frustrates the offense. That's not what they want to get accomplished. They want to go for the big play right now."

Lions have to take the outside part of the field away from the Bengals. If they do that, they can have some success.


The Detroit Lions re-signed receiver Patrick Edwards to their practice squad and waived running back Shaun Chapas.

Edwards was cut Monday to make room for tight end Dorin Dickerson on the 53-man roster.

Edwards caught just five passes for 46 yards in four games and never became the deep threat the Lions had envisioned.

The team now has three receivers on the practice squad: Edwards, Corey Fuller and Jeremy Ross.


Speaking of Dickerson, Schwartz said it was his speed the team really liked when they decided to sign him after a workout.

"A little different kind of tight end than what we have," Schwartz said. "A little bit shorter, little bit stockier, has some explosive speed. He's really, really fast.

"We'll try to get him up to speed and see what kind of roles we can use him in, but he's sort of a hybrid-type guy. He has been a wide receiver in the past, has some hybrid-type skills."