The Miami Dolphins had several players pick up unsportsmanlike conduct penalties during Thursday night’s game against the Baltimore Ravens, headlined by the hit from linebacker Kiko Alonso to the head of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. The hit, which came as Flacco attempted to slide nearing the first-down marker, was vicious enough to pop off Flacco’s helmet, forcing him to leave the game with a concussion and needing stitches in his ear.
Alonso was flagged on the play, but it appears there will be no suspension for Alonso, according to a statement from NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart. Alonso will likely still be fined for the play.
Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was involved in three separate incidents during the game, one during the scrum that happened after the Flacco hit. Suh was flagged on that play for a late hit when he hit Ravens center Ryan Jensen, who was pushing Alonso into the ground.
Suh was also flagged for pushing Jensen later in the game, as well as for an instance in the fourth quarter when quarterback Ryan Mallett, who replaced Flacco, rushed into Suh’s face after an offsides penalty and Suh pushed him away by the throat. No suspension is expected for Suh, though a fine is also a possibility for him.
Dolphins defensive end William Hayes could also be receiving a fine for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in which he poked Ravens offensive tackle Austin Howard in the eye.