(Reuters) - Detroit Lions’ volatile defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was fined $30,000 for kicking Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin during their Thanksgiving Day game, the National Football League said on Wednesday.
Suh denied on Wednesday that the kick was intentional, telling reporters he was just falling awkwardly when he flung his leg up behind him and caught Schaub in the sensitive area.
The NFL had a difficult time determining intent in the incident, otherwise Suh might have been suspended because of his previous behavior.
Suh was suspended two games last year for stomping on Green Bay Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith during their Thanksgiving Day game, and a Sporting News poll of anonymous players this season labeled Suh the NFL’s dirtiest player.
Reporting by Larry Fine; Editing by Frank Pingue