The man who hands out fines to NFL players admits he's trying to get Ndamukong Suh's attention. The Detroit Lions defensive tackle was fined for a second time this season on Wednesday, getting hit $31,500 for striking Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden with his helmet.

NFL vice president of operations Merton Hanks said Friday in a spot on Total Access on NFL Network that he wanted to get Suh’s attention with the fin,  but didn’t think the hit was worthy of larger punishment.

“The fine amount is more than the minimum because he is a repeat offender and I wanted to get Ndamukong Suh’s attention in this regard,” Hanks said. “I’ve got to help him course correct.”

Hanks was asked why Suh didn't get a suspension for the hit. Hanks said it wasn't an "egregious play".

“In the big scheme of things, it’s not an egregious play. It is a violation, that’s why he was fined.”

The way I see it, Suh will always be watched closely. Anytime he lays a hard hit on an opponent, he's going to be scrutinized. Suh says he isn't going to change his game, but that comment will do nothing but warrant a close look by the NFL.

On the other hand, you would think Hanks would cut Suh a little bit of slack since he was known as a big hitter when he played.

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