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Detroit Lions' defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been fined $100,000 for his cheap shot on Minnesota Vikings' center John Sullivan in Minnesota's 34-24 loss at Ford Field.

Suh, who has a pretty extensive history of dirty play for a guy that's only in his fourth season in the NFL, was rumored to be looking at a suspension, but the NFL decided to simply fine him a substantial amount of money instead. The hit occurred on an interception by Detroit's DeAndre Levy. Sullivan was pursuing the play and certainly not in a position to make the tackle, but Suh took a dive at Sullivan's knees anyway.

Sullivan apparently won't miss any time, saying that he plans to start this Sunday when the Vikings head to Chicago to take on the Bears at Soldier Field.

"I'm just happy I wasn't hurt - seriously injured," said Sullivan, a first alternate for the Pro Bowl last year. "There's a reason that play is illegal. It's incredibly dangerous. I just feel fortunate that I'll be playing this week."

The fine for Suh is, in fact, the largest in NFL history for an on-field incident. I think it's safe to assume that Suh's. . .shall we say, "illustrious". . .history in the league thus far played a role in the size of the fine. To borrow from the great Johnny Cash, I'm tellin' you life ain't easy for a thug named Suh.

Thankfully, Sullivan is okay and will be on the field Sunday. He had a pretty rough game on Sunday, as did every member of the Vikings' offensive line, but he's still a top-notch center and the Vikings really need to have him on the field.