NFL NOTEBOOK: Lions' Suh fined $100,000 for hit
Ndamukong Suh’s latest controversial play drew a hefty fine.
The Detroit defensive tackle was docked $100,000 by the NFL for his illegal low block on Minnesota center John Sullivan in the Lions’ season-opening victory Sunday. Suh hit Sullivan during an interception return by Detroit linebacker DeAndre Levy, and the penalty negated what would have been a touchdown. NFL spokesman Randall Liu said Tuesday that vice president of football operations Merton Hanks notified Suh of the fine. Suh was not in the locker room at Detroit’s practice facility when it was open to reporters Tuesday. A text message was sent to him seeking comment.
Suh said Sunday he wasn’t going after Sullivan’s knees, adding that the two had discussed the play at halftime. Detroit players said Suh apologized to the team Tuesday.
BRONCOS’ MILLER FACING MORE TROUBLE: Denver Broncos’ suspended All-Pro linebacker Von Miller is in trouble with the law for the second time in the past month.
Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson told Denver television station CBS4 on Tuesday night that the Denver Broncos’ troubled star was cited last week for driving without a license and speeding near his home.
Robinson said Miller was with his father, who was then allowed to drive the vehicle.
The Broncos declined comment on Miller’s latest legal troubles when contacted by The Associated Press.
In addition to the six-game suspension he’s serving for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, Miller was arrested last month while trying to purchase a firearm when a routine background check revealed he had an outstanding warrant.
JACOBS RETURNS TO GIANTS: The New York Giants signed running back Brandon Jacobs on Tuesday.
Jacobs, who played for the Giants from 2005-2011 and was a part of two Super Bowl-winning teams, should help a backfield in flux. Second-year starter in David Wilson is backed up by Da’Rel Scott and Michael Cox. But New York ran for only 50 yards in the season-opening loss to the Cowboys.
PATRIOTS PLACE VEREEN ON IR: The New England Patriots placed running back Shane Vereen on injured reserve with a designation to return.
The move means Vereen must miss eight weeks before he is eligible to play in a game. He was injured in Sunday’s 23-21 win over the Buffalo Bills. He had a small break in his left wrist and underwent surgery on Monday, Fox Sports reported. The Patriots said he missed practice on Monday and Tuesday with a wrist injury.