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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Lions DT Ndamukong Suh receives record fine, apologizes to team

09.11.13 at 8:06 am ET

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‘€¢ Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh apologized to his team Tuesday, the same day he was fined $100,000 by the league for his illegal low block on Vikings center John Sullivan during the runback of an interception in Sunday’s game. Suh received a penalty on the play, negating a Detroit touchdown, and was fined a record amount for an on-field violation.

“He just basically said that he can’t make those types of mistakes — he can’t put us in a position where we’ve got to battle back from mistakes like that,” wide receiver Nate Burleson said. “He also said, with him having a target, and people looking for him, they’re looking at us in the same light. So as a team we’ve got to understand that the microscope is on us.”

Burleson expressed surprise at the amount of the fine when informed by the media

“Oh, baby! For real? Are you serious? A hundred stacks?” Burleson said. “That’s one of the biggest I’ve heard of, but when you have a guy who people look at as ‘dirty,’ a play that might not be as dirty could be deemed as such, and you’re going to have to deal with the consequences. So it’s tough. I hope he appeals it, because I don’t think that was worthy of being fined $100,000.”

Saints tight end Benjamin Watson had little sympathy for Suh.

“I hesitate to call a player dirty simply because I don’€™t know their intent, but I do know what he did was illegal and I do know he has done it multiple times so it comes a time when enough is enough,” the former Patriot told NFL Network, via “We need to get what he is doing rectified and we need to sit down as players and talk to him. We are talking about player safety and obviously this is a play that lies outside of that. As players, we need to hold ourselves accountable.”

‘€¢ According to a report from Denver television station CBS4, suspended Broncos linebacker Von Miller was cited last week for speeding and driving without a license.

It continues a series of problems for Miller, who was arrested last month for an outstanding warrant when he tried to buy a firearm and then failed to appear for a court hearing on charges from last October when he was cited for careless driving and not having a license or proof of insurance.

Miller, who set a team record with 18½ sacks last season, his third in the NFL, was suspended six games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

‘€¢ Texas A&M is preparing for Saturday’s showdown with top-ranked Alabama, but quarterback Johnny Manziel isn’t talking about it.

Manziel, who engineered an upset of the Crimson Tide last season that set him on the path to the Heisman Trophy, continues to lay low following his myriad offseason controversies. He spoke after Saturday’s victory over Sam Houston State, but that was his first press conference since SEC media day.

“He and his family and his advisors and lawyers have advised him not to talk, and I’ll respect his wishes on that,” A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said.

According to Aggies running back Ben Malena, Manziel is eager to prove last season was no fluke.

“Last year the Alabama game was a stage for the whole world to see what kind of player he is,” Malena said. “He deserved it along with this team, to be put on a stage to show what we can do and what he can do. I think this Saturday is another similar stage and the world is going to see how much better and how much more he has progressed along with the whole team.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 11, 2005, which Red Sox pitcher was the hard-luck loser in a 1-0 loss to the Yankees, pitching a complete-game three-hitter with 12 strikeouts and one walk but allowing a home run to Jason Giambi?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “He looked great … looked like he hadn’t missed a day,. To be able to go into a game like this after not pitching in a big league game for that long, keep your poise and just make it look like it’s any other game, it’s tough to do.” — Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, on Clay Buchholz, who made his first start since early June and pitched the Red Sox to a 2-0 victory over the Rays

STAT OF THE DAY: 7 — Consecutive World Cup appearances for the U.S. men’s national team, which clinched the seventh berth Tuesday night with a 2-0 victory over Mexico

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): At a high school football game in Pennsylvania, Hamburg’s Joseph Cominsky rips the helmet off Annville-Cleona’s Josh Hartman and hits him in the head with it (twice). Police are investigating the incident, which led to one-game suspensions for both players.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Tim Wakefield

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Kay Hanley of Letters to Cleo was born on this day in 1968.

Read More: Johnny Manziel, Nate Burleson, Ndamukong Suh, Von Miller