Suggs fined $20,000 by NFL this season

OWINGS MILLS -- The NFL's uniform police and its executives that judge questionable hits have had more success corralling Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs than opposing blockers.

Last year's NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year acknowledged Friday that he has been fined $20,000 this season, including $5,000 because of his personal foul for a hit on Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb.

"They got me again, I'm up to 20 large now," Suggs said. "I had a little bit of white showing on my socks and they got me three times for that. Then, another $5,000 for hitting McNabb. Don't tell my mother, she would be disappointed."

Suggs ranks second in the AFC with 7 ½ sacks and has emerged as one of the top pass rushers in the league since being drafted 10th overall last year out of Arizona State. Suggs only became an every-down linebacker this fall, but has 19 ½ sacks in 24 games.

Suggs, 22, quipped that he could try to cut a rap album like the Indiana Pacers' Ron Artest to make up for the shortfall.

"It's going to go platinum, trust me," Suggs said with a smile. "I could take two months off, maybe miss training camp and all the minicamps if that's cool.

"Man, I could have bought a lot of things with all that money they fined me. At least it's going to charity. I'm playing for free, basically. That's bad."

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times and

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