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NFL stresses technique in response to Ndamakong Suh's repeated fines

The league would like a word with Ndamukong Suh. (FOX)
Hits like this have drawn the ire of the NFL's officiating department. (FOX)

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Lions defensive tackle Ndamakong Suh spoke with officials from the NFL's officiating department on Tuesday, according to league sources, to discuss his repeated violations of the rules and mounting fines. The NFL extended the offer to come to New York to meet with football operations staff with the Lions on their bye week, and ultimately a teleconference took place on Tuesday.

Suh was fined $100,000 for unnecessary roughness earlier this season and was suspended two years ago for a stomping incident on Thanksgiving Day. Appeals officer Matt Birk upheld that fine and the league has made it clear to Suh that flagrant penalties in the future could result in additional suspensions.

Team president Tom Lewand, coach Jim Schwartz and general manager Martin Mayhew were a part of the call, as was Lions defensive line coach Kris Kocurek, according to sources, with the league wanting to emphasize proper technique. Suh was fined $100,000 for a low block on Vikings center John Sullivan, and he has amassed nearly $350,000 in fines in his three-and-a-half seasons in the league.

Dean Blandino, the league's chief of officiating, along with top football ops officials Ray Anderson and Merton Hanks -- who oversee on-field discipline -- took part from the league office.


Before joining CBS Sports, Jason La Canfora was the Washington Redskins beat writer for The Washington Post for six years and served as NFL Network's insider. The Baltimore native can be seen every Sunday during the season on The NFL Today.
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