Meriweather Hit With $50,000 Fine

Reports state that the helmet-to-helmet hit on Todd Heap won’t draw a suspension.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

New England Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather has been fined $50,000 for two helmet-to-helmet hits on Ravens tight end Todd Heap last Sunday.

Meriweather will not be suspended, even though the NFL is considering suspending players after a weekend of dangerous hits.

Meriweather got a 15-yard personal foul penalty when he leapt into Heap’s head with his helmet on a second-quarter pass over the middle. Heap lay on the field for several minutes before walking off under his own power.

Earlier in the game, Meriweather hit Heap in a similar fashion near the goal line, but did not receive a penalty.

On Tuesday, NFL Vice President of Football Operations Ray Anderson said the league was considering strengthening the consequences for “egregious and elevated hits.”

“We’ve got to get the message to players that these devastating hits and head shots will be met with a very necessary higher standard of accountability. We have to dispel the notion that you get one free pass in these egregious or flagrant shots,” Anderson told ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning.”

In the past, fines for the hits would land between $5,000-$15,000, making Meriweather’s punishment eye-opening.

While he didn’t see Meriweather coming, Heap said his teammates thought the Meriweather play was brazen. Heap spoke about helmet-to-helmet hits on RaveTV’s television show, 1 Winning Drive.

“I think it’s a huge area of concern,” Heap said. “I think you’ve got to explore all those options. Fine is definitely one of them that they use right now, but maybe kick a guy out of a game if it calls for it.

“There are times when you see a hit and you say, ‘That one might have been hard to avoid.’ Then there are times where you see a guy lower hit head and hit with the crown of his helmet and really go for the head. Those are the ones you’ve really got to make sure we eliminate.”

In addition to Meriweather, both Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison ($75,000 as a repeat offender) and Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson ($50,000) were for helmet-to-helmet hits last weekend.

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