Miami Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will not be suspended for incidents involving Baltimore Ravens quarterbacks during Thursday’s 40-0 loss, the NFL said Tuesday.
NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said, however, that both players still could face fines for their actions.
Alonso hit Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who was sliding, in the head in the second quarter, leaving the 10-year veteran dazed, bloodied and with a concussion. Alonso, who was penalized, texted an apology to Flacco on Friday.
It was the first time Alonso had been penalized this season.
Later in the game, Suh jumped offside and shoved Ravens quarterback Ryan Mallett, who had replaced Flacco, after the quarterback had already handed off the ball. After Mallett got in Suh’s face, Suh grabbed Mallett’s throat with his left hand and pushed him away.
Suh later said he was “protecting myself” after Mallett “came at me and tried to attack me.”
Ndamukong Suh and Kiko Alonso will not be suspended.
The NFL said Tuesday neither Dolphins player will miss any time following their respective unnecessary roughness penalties in last Thursday’s 40-0 loss to the Ravens.
Alonso knocked Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco from the game with a helmet-to-helmet hit in the second quarter of the game.
As Flacco was sliding at the Dolphins 11-yard line following a third-down scramble, Alonso lowered his shoulder and hit Flacco in the neck and head. The hit dislodged Flacco’s helmet and Flacco was out for the remainder of the game with a concussion.
Ryan Mallett replaced Flacco and he responded to a late hit by Suh by getting in the face of the 6-4, 307-pound Pro Bowl defensive tackle. Suh responded by placing his hand around Mallett’s neck and pushing him away.
Both players defended their actions. Alonso said it was a bang-bang play and he couldn’t avoid hitting Flacco high. Suh said he was defending himself from the 6-6, 250-pound quarterback.
The NFL will not suspend Miami Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso or defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for illegal plays from the team’s Thursday night loss against the Baltimore Ravens, according to Dave Hyde of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Alonso illegally hit Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in the head while he was sliding, knocking him out of the game with a concussion. Suh, meanwhile, was hit with two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in the game, one for holding down Ravens offensive lineman Ryan Jensen after the whistle and the second for putting his hand around backup quarterback Ryan Mallett’s throat.
Suh jumped offside on the play and gave Mallett a shove following a handoff. Mallett responded by getting in Suh’s face and banging his facemask against Suh’s, which escalated into Suh grabbing his neck and pushing the quarterback.
“He came at me and tried to attack me, and I’m protecting myself,” Suh maintained, per Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com.
Alonso’s hit left less room for interpretation.
“I thought that was a very vicious type of a hit,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday, per Hensley. “He was definitely defenseless and couldn’t protect himself. Therefore, he got his ear sliced open and he got hit in the head. You never minimize that.”
Baltimore tight end Dennis Pitta noted that Alonso has since texted Flacco to apologize about the hit, however.
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