Suh fined, but not suspended for kicking Schaub

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Detroit's Ndamukong Suh was fined $30,000 for unnecessary roughness by the NFL because he kicked Houston's Matt Schaub during a game last week.   FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Detroit's Ndamukong Suh was fined $30,000 for unnecessary roughness by the NFL because he kicked Houston's Matt Schaub during a game last week.

Ndamukong Suh isn’t sorry for what he did to Matt Schaub.

“I was dragged to the ground,” Suh said Wednesday. “A lot of things happen to me.

“It’s part of the game.”

The NFL fined the Detroit Lions defensive tackle $30,000 for unnecessary roughness because he kicked the Houston Texans quarterback, but the league didn’t suspend him because it couldn’t reach a judgment on his intent.

Suh was on his chest after being taken down by an offensive lineman when he extended his left cleat and hit Schaub below the belt in Detroit’s loss to Houston last Thursday. For the first time Wednesday, Suh tried to explain what happened.

“It’s a crazy play, it’s one that unfortunately happened,” he said. “I didn’t even realize it until the end of the game, when I see my Twitter feed, I see my friends telling me about it. Other than that, I can’t do much more about it. I was being dragged to the ground and my foot inadvertently hit the man.

“But it’s over with and I am moving forward and getting ready to play the Colts.”

Detroit (4-7) will have Suh on the field Sunday when it plays host to Indianapolis (7-4).

49ERS: Colin Kaepernick has earned himself a third consecutive start at quarterback for San Francisco.

Coach Jim Harbaugh made the announcement Wednesday that Kaepernick would go Sunday at St. Louis over Alex Smith after the second-year pro led the NFC West-leading Niners (8-2-1) to victories in the past two games, his first two NFL starts.

“The rationale is we have two quarterbacks that we feel great about as a starting quarterback,” Harbaugh said. “Both have earned it, both deserve it – Alex over a long period of time, Colin by virtue of the last three games. It tips the scales. Colin we believe has the hot hand. We’ll go with Colin. And we’ll go with Alex. They’re both our guys.”

Yes, Harbaugh is still leaving open every possibility, saying it still could be a week-to-week decision. All Kaepernick knows is he will begin Sunday’s game under center.

JAGUARS: With a league-low 13 sacks, Jacksonville was looking for more production from their pass rush.

Jason Babin could be the solution.

The Jaguars claimed the two-time Pro Bowl defensive end off waivers from Philadelphia on Wednesday.

The Jaguars (2-9) will pay the remaining $1.69 million of Babin’s 2012 salary, essentially taking a low-risk look at someone who could significantly upgrade one of the league’s worst pass rushes.

“It’s a good pickup,” coach Mike Mularkey said. “He’s had a lot of success over the last three years and we could use some help in that area. He’ll fit what we’re doing.”

(Defensive line coach) Joe Cullen and he have a relentless type of mindset. I just think it’s going to be good for us, really good for us.”


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