Ndamukong Suh says he will continue to play blue collar football

Posted Sep 11, 2013

Suh addressed the penalty and fine he received from the NFL for the first time following Wednesday's practice in Allen Park.

Ndamukong Suh is appealing the $100,000 fine the NFL hit him with on him Tuesday for his low block against Vikings center John Sullivan.

"That's not my decision," Suh said Wednesday when asked if the fine was fair. "I don't have an opinion on it. It's going through the appeals process and we'll go from there."

Speaking for the first time since the incident, Suh said he understands where the league is coming from because of the increased focus in recent years on player safety.

"You have to respect it," he said. "That's one of the reasons why I spoke to Sullivan as we walked into halftime. He understood where I was coming from. No hard feelings. Same thing if he cut me, so on and so forth. No hard feelings and you go from there."

Suh apologized to Sullivan at halftime Sunday. He also apologized to his teammates -- especially linebacker DeAndre Levy for taking a touchdown off the board -- during a team meeting Tuesday. But he says he won't apologize for the way he plays the game.

"My play speaks for itself. I don't change," Suh said. "I'm always going to play tough and hard. That's the way I was brought up at Nebraska where I really learned football from Bo Pelini and that staff.

"I'm going to continue to play blue collar football."

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Suh has "adapted" some parts of his game to better fit with player safety rules and it's something he'll continue to do.

"It's football," Schwartz said. "When they blow the whistle, you have to pull off. There are certain things that you can't do. You can't hit quarterbacks in the head and you can't hit defenseless receivers and all those different things. Those are all just rules of football. Offense can't clip from outside in the box. Everybody's got their rules, but it doesn't slow the game down."

Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer, who is likely to see Suh close and personal a few times this Sunday, said he didn't see anything malicious about the play.

"I don't think it was anything where he was trying to hurt anybody or physically injure somebody," he said. "I think he was just trying to pick up a block.

"I think if he wanted to blow the guy's knee out, I think he would have. I only saw it one time on a highlight and it looked like he was just peeling back on a block. He's a smart guy, he's a strong guy, I think if he was physically trying to injure somebody, he would've. It was just a low block."

Suh isn't going to change the way he plays the game, but he must know that everything he does moving forward is going to be looked at very closely under the watchful eye of the NFL and that the next incident might cost both him and the Lions if he's suspended.