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Lions' Ndamukong Suh fined $100,000 for low hit on Vikings' John Sullivan

Posted by: Chip Scoggins under Lions, Vikings off the field, Vikings offense, Vikings players, Vikings roster moves Updated: September 10, 2013 - 2:24 PM

The NFL announced Tuesday that Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was fined $100,000 for his low hit on Vikings center John Sullivan on Sunday.

Suh, who has a history of cheap shots, avoids a suspension. He was informed of his punishment by NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks.

Suh dived at Sullivan's knees on an interception return in the second quarter. Sullivan was behind the play and had no chance of catching Detroit linebacker DeAndre Levy.

The penalty negated a touchdown. The league "prohibits blocks below the waist by players of either team after a change of possession."

Sullivan limped off the field but was able to return the next series. He escaped with only a knee contusion and is expected to play this week.

Suh apologized to Sullivan before the start of the season half.

"He said there was no intent to injure," Sullivan said Monday.

Asked if he believed Suh, Sullivan said, "I think guys get caught up in the play sometimes and sometimes things happen. It’s hard to even remember what you do when you get caught up in the moment. I appreciate the fact that he said something to me.”

Update: The Vikings made some practice squad changes, putting running back Joe Banyard back on the practice squad and releasing defensive end Tristan Okpalaugo and running back Bradley Randle from the practice squad.

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