Good morning and ROOOOAAARRR!!!!
So we'll get this out of the way first here -- this is going to be a very heavy Ndamukong Suh chatter in this morning's Roar because his $100,000 fine is the largest ever for an on-field play that didn't result in a suspension.
So clearly the NFL is sending a message.
Colleague Ashley Fox says Suh's behavior -- he of the many, many fines in his first four seasons -- is "enough." Essentially, she writes, it has to stop.
Fox continues that she believes the fine essentially equates to a "zero tolerance" policy for Suh.
She's right and you can find my thoughts on this in the links. This fine by the NFL is essentially a last chance for Suh before he either gets suspended or faces an even more whopping fine, because the NFL has escalated the number each time.
What Suh does, of course, remains to be seen.
And now, a look at the Lions from around the Interwebs, with a lot of opinions on Suh:
Starting with our coverage and obviously Suh, where I wonder if the $100,000 fine levied on Suh on Tuesday for a low hit will finally be the penalty which makes him change. The Rookie Report. Power Rankings placed the Lions at No. 18. And the Lions won't limit Reggie Bush's touches.
Eric Adelson from Yahoo! writes that Suh can still change the fortune of the Lions. Meanwhile, John Sullivan responded to the Suh fine in a chat with USA Today. And Judd Zulgad from 1500ESPN.com writes that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell missed an opportunity for a statement by only fining Suh.
Dave Birkett and Carlos Monarrez from the Detroit Free Press debate the fairness of Suh's fine.
In non-Suh news, Philadelphia's performance was noticed by Detroit, writes Birkett.
And in some good news for Detroit, left tackle Riley Reiff held his own against Minnesota star Jared Allen, writes Justin Rogers from MLive.
Jim Schwartz has no regrets about throwing a failed challenge flag against Minnesota, writes Birkett.