September 11, 2013

NFL smacks Suh with a $100,000 fine

The Associated Press

DETROIT — 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.

It's believed to be the largest fine for an NFL player for an on-field violation, although suspensions without pay can result in bigger financial hits.

GIANTS: New York signed running back Brandon Jacobs.

Jacobs, who played for the Giants from 2005-11 and was a part of two Super Bowl-winning teams, should help a backfield in flux. Second-year starter 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.

"Whatever they need me to do," Jacobs said. "Whatever role they want me to play, I'll come in and do it. I know the offense. I know they've made some tweaks and I'll do whatever I have to do."

TEXANS: Houston notched the biggest comeback in franchise history, scoring 24 unanswered points in a 31-28 win over the San Diego Chargers late Monday night. It showed both how good and how bad the team can be.

Coach Gary Kubiak said his team dug a "big hole" and was fortunate to escape with a win.

Houston was sluggish to start, scoring on just one of its first six drives and giving up four passing touchdowns to Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers.

Kubiak liked his team's ability to rally behind quarterback Matt Schaub and a defense that put the clamps on Rivers. But there is room to grow, especially in the secondary where Kubiak said free safety Ed Reed is getting closer to a return.

COWBOYS: Dallas released safety Eric Frampton after reaching an injury settlement with its leading tackler on special teams last year.

Frampton injured a groin Aug. 11 during training camp in California and never returned to practice.

JETS: New York re-signed wide receiver Ben Obomanu as insurance for the injured Jeremy Kerley, who has a concussion and is uncertain to play at New England on Thursday night.

Obomanu was among the Jets' final cuts this summer after having a solid training camp.

RATINGS: San Francisco's victory over Green Bay was the highest-rated and most-watched telecast of any kind since the Academy Awards in February, leading Fox to its best NFL opening week ever.

Sunday's game earned a 16.6 rating and was watched by 28.5 million viewers, the network said.

The Eagles' victory over Washington earned an 11.6 overnight rating, the highest for a Monday Night Football opener on ESPN.

ESPN began showing Monday Night Football in 2006.

CBS earned an 11.2 rating for its regional coverage, its highest in 14 years for the opening week.

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