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Lions' Suh hit with $100,000 fine over illegal block

DETROIT — Ndamukong Suh's latest controversial play drew a hefty fine.

The Lions defensive tackle was docked $100,000 by the NFL for his illegal low block on Vikings center John Sullivan in Detroit's victory Sunday. Suh hit Sullivan during an interception return by Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy, and the penalty negated what would have been a touchdown.

Suh was not in the locker room at Detroit's practice facility when it was open to reporters Tuesday.

Suh said Sunday that he wasn't going after Sullivan's knees, adding that the two later discussed the play at halftime. Detroit players said Suh apologized to the team Tuesday.

"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," 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."

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

The league fined Suh $30,000 last year for unnecessary roughness when he kicked Texans QB Matt Schaub in the groin area. He was suspended two games in 2011 after stomping on the Packers' Evan Dietrich-Smith.

Kelly wants it faster: That frenetic pace the Eagles showed in Chip Kelly's debut Monday can be even faster, the coach said. Michael Vick and Co. executed Kelly's don't-stop-for-a-breath offense with precision and efficiency, running 53 plays in the first half against the Redskins and racking up 443 yards. "I felt like it was slow, to be honest with you," Kelly said. "I'm not joking. We've got to do a better job. We left the ball on the ground too much. We didn't get the ball to the officials. We could have sped things up from a process between plays." In the first half, the Eagles had the ball 20:20 and averaged 2.6 plays per minute.

RB'S RETURN: The Giants signed running back Brandon Jacobs to help out a backfield in flux. He played for New York from 2005-11.

NO FAKING: The league cleared the Giants of faking injuries during Sunday's game against the Cowboys, espn.com reported.

RATINGS: The 49ers' victory over the Packers on Sunday 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. The game earned a 16.6 rating and was watched by 28.5 million viewers, the network said. The Eagles' win over the Redskins earned an 11.6 overnight rating, the highest for a Monday Night Football opener on ESPN.

PATRIOTS: Running back Shane Vereen has a broken bone in his left wrist and was placed on injured reserve with a designation to return, meaning he must miss eight weeks. Also, receiver Danny Amendola, who aggravated a groin injury Sunday, isn't expected to play Thursday.

STEELERS: Kelvin Beachum will start at center, replacing ex-Gator Maurkice Pouncey, who is out for the season with a right knee injury. Newly reacquired running back Jonathan Dwyer will take the roster spot left by LaRod Stephens-Howling, also out for the year with a knee injury.

Late Monday: Randy Bullock's 41-yard field goal as time expired rallied the visiting Texans from a 21-point deficit in the second half for a 31-28 win over the Chargers. Brian Cushing returned an interception 18 yards for the tying touchdown with 9:30 to play for the Texans, who roared back from a 28-7 deficit late in the third to spoil the debut of San Diego coach Mike McCoy.

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