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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Ndamukong Suh fined $7,500 for late hit vs. Browns

Ndamukong Suh is a great player.Jim Schwartz made a brief comment about Ndamukong Suh’s NFL fine, but otherwise the Detroit Lions coach was tight-lipped about his players as final cuts loom for the 53-man roster.
The NFL announced today that Suh had been fined $7,500 for his hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme during Saturday’s third preseason game.

On third-and-8 at the Lions’ 16, Delhomme scrambled left and Suh grabbed him by his face mask and flung him to the ground as he shoveled a pass. Two plays later, the Browns scored and took a 17-7 lead.
“It’s not my job to comment on fines,” Schwartz said. “I mean, he got fined, he got flagged and we have to find a way not to get flagged and cost our team 15 yards. But it’s not my job to comment on fines or officiating or anything else. I’ve taken that approach all along.”

The Lions have to trim their roster from 75 players to 53 by 6 p.m. Saturday. Because the Lions might want to trade some players or sign them to their practice squad, Schwartz did not want to tip his hand by acknowledging how any players have performed in the off-season.
“I don’t know how much use I’m going be to you all today because everything I say to you is probably going to be a lie,” he said. “It seems pretty funny having a press conference before we do our roster cutdown. It’s a little bit like doing one right before the draft. Anything you say there’s an agenda to it.
“We have certain agendas with players. Some of which we’re very optimistic about and we’d like to find a way for them on the football team, others maybe we’re trying to find a spot for, whether it’s trading or something else. And anything I say is — it doesn’t do a whole lot of good.”
Schwartz did say he was encouraged by the improved quality of his roster compared to last year and expected plenty of tough personnel decisions.
“I think that it’s definitely tougher this year to envision some of these moves,” he said. “And there’s going to be other interest in some of the players, particularly at some positions that we’re dealing with. Coaches always want to be in that position. It’s a sign of having a more talented roster when those decisions aren’t easy.”
On the injury front, Schwartz said defensive end Korey Bosworth suffered a broken leg in Thursday’s exhibition game against Buffalo, but he gave no prognosis. Schwartz said everyone else came out of the game healthy.

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