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Browns Notes: Detroit’s Ndamukong Suh fined $31,500 for hit on QB Brandon Weeden

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden is hit by Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh Sunday. Suh was reportedly fined by the league for the hit. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden is hit by Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh Sunday. Suh was reportedly fined by the league for the hit. (AP Photo/David Richard)

BEREA — Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh’s first NFL fine was for a preseason hit on Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme in 2010. His latest fine was for a hit on Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden on Sunday.

It’s a safe bet it won’t be his last.

Suh was fined $31,500 Wednesday for a first-quarter hit in a win over the Browns. Suh wasn’t penalized during the game, but NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino noticed the play and called for further review because he said Suh lowered his head into Weeden’s chest.

Suh also had a rough tackle of Weeden in the third quarter, hitting him in the side of the helmet with his hand and wrestling him to the ground. Suh wasn’t flagged for that.

“Well, Monday I felt 40,” Weeden said when asked about turning 30 Monday. “I was a little sore.

“But, no, I feel good. I feel 20 now. My body feels great. The three in front of the zero is just a little bit different. I’m not going to get used to that for a while.”

Suh was fined $100,000 in Week 1 after he threw an illegal low block. According to the Detroit Free Press, he has been fined seven times for a total of $209,000, plus an additional $165,294 in game checks for a two-game suspension in 2011.

“There’s always going to be a microscope on me, no matter where it is, from outside media, from the NFL to little kids to everybody,” Suh told reporters before the fine was announced. “I think you just roll with the punches. Not everything’s going to go your way in life. I’ve understood that, grew up that way. It’s just like for me, I wanted a Nintendo 64 when I was little. My mom said no, so I had to deal with it.”

DAMAGED GOODS

The Browns will be a player down for the next two games.

Rookie receiver Charles Johnson, signed Saturday off Green Bay’s practice squad, was placed on the non-football-injury reserve list and will miss the rest of the season. The Browns discovered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the physical when he arrived and he will have surgery.

NFL rules stipulate a player signed off another team’s practice squad must count against the team’s 53-man roster for three games. So the Browns will be unable to fill the 53rd spot until after the game in Kansas City on Oct. 27.

Johnson was signed to take the roster spot of quarterback Brian Hoyer, who was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a torn ACL. Johnson was a seventh-round pick of the Packers out of Division II Grand Valley State.

He had been practicing with the Packers.

“A very talented young man. A very nice young man. He’s got a lot of potential,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said on a conference call before the Browns announced the injury. “He just ran into some injuries here in Green Bay. We were really just getting to start to work with him.”

WHAT COULD’VE BEEN

San Francisco took quarterback Alex Smith over quarterback Aaron Rodgers with the first pick in the 2005 draft. The Browns drafted third and selected receiver Braylon Edwards. In the third round, they took Akron quarterback Charlie Frye to learn behind veteran Trent Dilfer.

Rodgers thought the Browns might take him instead of Edwards, but he ended up in Green Bay with the No. 24 pick.

“Yeah, I was out at the facility actually,” he said on a conference call. “I remember meeting with Romeo Crennel, who was the coach at the time. I enjoyed our conversation. Trent Dilfer, who was a buddy of mine, was the quarterback there at the time.

“I thought it was a strong possibility being there. I enjoyed my visit there. It was my first of two visits where I actually went to the team facility. That was really exciting for me as a young player, to go out there and stay in the hotel and go in the facility and eat at the team dining (hall). I thought that was really a big deal. I enjoyed it a lot. They went in a different direction. The rest is history.”

Rodgers has been an MVP, Super Bowl winner and the highest-rated quarterback of all time. The Browns are expected to draft a quarterback in the first round in May.

PINKSTON BACK AT IT

Guard Jason Pinkston has recovered from a high ankle sprain and returned to practice Monday, the first day he was eligible after being placed on injured reserve-designated to return Sept. 3. He’s allowed to practice, but the earliest he can play is Week 9.

“I feel real good,” he said. “Just time to get back out there, start moving around again.”

Pinkston was injured Aug. 15 in the preseason game against the Lions when someone fell on the back of his leg.

“It’s exciting what we’ve got going on here,” he said. “So the faster I can get back, and hopefully I can get in on some of the action.”

Pinkston was slated to battle Shawn Lauvao for the starting right guard spot during training camp. But Lauvao injured his ankle in early August, and Pinkston was in line to start. Then he got hurt, and Oniel Cousins was used in an emergency. Lauvao has been back in the lineup for two weeks.

Pinkston started 22 straight games at left guard before a blood clot was found last year, ending his season. He will add depth at both spots and could challenge for a starting spot.

“I’ve just got to be patient,” he said. “When they call on me they call on me. My job is to be ready.

“I think I can help. At the guard position we all do some things better than others. They will put the best five out there.”

Pinkston’s ready for another reboot following the blood clot and the high ankle sprain.

“Hopefully the second and final one, so I can just get some healthy years here,” he said.

INJURY REPORT

Outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard was a full participant in practice for the first time since spraining his left knee Sept. 22 against Minnesota. He was limited last week and listed as questionable but didn’t play vs. the Lions.

“He was close this last game,” Chudzinski said. “We just felt like in a few more days he would be back ready to roll.”

** Defensive end Billy Winn (quadriceps) has resumed running but remains out of practice. He’s missed the last three games.

** Cornerback Chris Owens (finger) was a full participant, and reserve linebacker/special teamer Brandon Magee (oblique) was limited.

** The Packers declared four players out for the game Sunday: linebackers Clay Matthews (thumb) and Nick Perry (foot), running back James Starks (knee) and tight end Ryan Taylor (knee).

Receiver James Jones (knee), linebacker Brad Jones (hamstring) and defensive end Mike Neal (shoulder) didn’t practice. Cornerback Casey Hayward (hamstring) was limited.

HASLAM HONORED

The University of Tennessee granted its top alumni award to Browns owner Jimmy Haslam despite the ongoing federal investigation into Pilot Flying J, where he is CEO.

Tennessee announced Haslam as one of four people given its Distinguished Alumnus Award for graduates who “excelled in their field on the national or international stage and have brought credit to UT.”

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