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    NFL notes: Lions’ Ndamukong Suh docked $100k

    Illegal low block cited for his fine

    Ndamukong Suh’s fine is believed to be the largest for an on-field infraction.
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    Ndamukong Suh’s fine is believed to be the largest for an on-field infraction.

    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.

    NFL spokesman Randall Liu said Tuesday that vice president of football operations Merton Hanks notified Suh of the fine. Suh was not in the locker room at Detroit’s practice facility when it was open to reporters. A text message was sent to him seeking comment.


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

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    ‘‘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,’’ wide 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. So as a team we've got to understand that the microscope is on us.’’

    It’s believed to be the largest fine for an NFL player for an on-field violation.

    Taylor trial delayed

    A trial has been delayed again for the man accused of shooting to death Redskins star safety Sean Taylor.

    A Miami-Dade County courts spokeswoman said the trial of 23-year-old Eric Rivera Jr. will not begin Monday because of scheduling conflicts and availability of witnesses. A new trial date will be set Monday.


    Rivera and four others from the Fort Myers area were charged with killing Taylor in 2007 during a botched robbery at the player’s home near Miami. One suspect pleaded guilty to murder and burglary charges while the others, including Rivera, pleaded not guilty and are being tried separately.

    Jacobs back in fold

    The Giants signed running back Brandon Jacobs.

    Jacobs, who played for the Giants from 2005-2011 and was a part of two Super Bowl-winning teams, should help a backfield in flux. 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.

    Jacobs, a 2005 fourth-round draft choice, is the franchise leader with 56 rushing touchdowns.

    Eagles can fly faster

    That jaw-dropping, eye-popping frenetic pace the Eagles showed in Chip Kelly’s debut can be even faster. Michael Vick and Co. executed Kelly’s offense with precision and efficiency, running 53 plays in the first half of Philadelphia’s win over Washington Monday night. Kelly, however, sees room for improvement. ‘‘I felt like it was slow, to be honest with you,’’ Kelly said. . . . Free agents Tom Zbikowski (four games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancers) and Brandon McDonald (two games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy) were both suspended by the league . . . 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 Philadelphia Eagles’ victory over Washington earned an 11.6 overnight rating, the highest for a Monday Night Football opener on ESPN. CBS earned an 11.2 rating for its regional coverage, its highest in 14 years for the opening week.