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Was Ndamukong Suh's Chop Block on Vikings Center John Sullivan Dirty?

Jeff RisdonContributor ISeptember 8, 2013

Ndamukong Suh is up to his old tricks once again.

Early in the Lions game against Minnesota, Suh was flagged for a personal foul on an illegal block as linebacker DeAndre Levy returned an interception for an apparent touchdown. 

 

UPDATE: Tuesday Sept. 10 at 3:50 p.m. ET by Paul Mueller: Suh has been fined $100,000 for his low hit on Levy.

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Here is the block in question:

So is that a dirty play?

If it was the first time we've seen something like this from a player, it could be argued that it was more of an overzealous reaction. The excitement of the turnover could feasibly produce a momentary lapse of reason as the defensive player tries to help his teammate get into the end zone.

This, however, is Ndamukong Suh. If anyone should know better, it's Suh. His litany of mental mistakes and questionable on-field behavior means there is no benefit of the doubt here. 

 

DateOpponentInfractionPenalty
11/22/12Houston TexansPersonal Foul: Kicked Matt Schaub in the groin$30,000 fine
11/24/11Green Bay PackersPersonal Foul: Stomped on Evan Deitrich-Smith's arm after a playTwo-game suspension
12/5/10Chicago BearsPersonal Foul: Forearm shiver to Jay Cutler's helmetFined $15,000
11/14/10Buffalo BillsUnsportsmanlike ConductFined $5,000
2010 PreseasonCleveland BrownsPersonal Foul: Grabbed and twisted Jake Delhomme's facemaskFined $7,500

 

It's a dirty play. 

Lunging at any player's knee is always a poor decision. Without seeing Suh's face, it is hard to ascertain his intended target. But again, Suh has lost the benefit of the doubt. His helmet goes straight into John Sullivan's knee.

What makes it worse is that the block had no bearing on the play at the time Suh committed the foul, as the action had already advanced downfield. His block did nothing to help his team, and he had to know that. Suh seized an opportunity to land a cheap shot on an unsuspecting opponent. 

It's precisely these sorts of plays that continually mar Suh's career. Obviously, Suh cannot learn to ignore the little devil sitting on his shoulder. That devil cost the Lions a touchdown.

It isn't the first time this has happened with Suh. And given his track record, it may not be the last, either. 

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