Brandon Meriweather was fined $50,000 yesterday by the NFL for his helmet to helmet hit on tight end Todd Heap, but won’t be suspended.
Safety Brandon Meriweather won’t be suspended for his hit on Ravens tight end Todd Heap on Sunday. (PHOTO:Icon/SMI)
However going forward the league has said that players will be suspended for future occurrances, and have reiterated to officials that they could even eject players during the game over them.
Meriweather said earlier this week he wasn’t trying to lead with his helmet, and that it “just happened.”
“I wasn’t trying to make the head-to-head contact or injure anybody or play dirty in any kind of way,” said Meriweather in an interview with WEEI on Monday. “It just happened.”
Head coach Bill Belichick didn’t seem to happy about the play and actually sat him down after it happened, holding him out until Jarrad Page went down with an injury and made it necessary for him to return.
Meriweather later said that the hit helped fire up his team, so he wasn’t completely sorry for making it.
“Y’all got the stats, right? What was the stats after that hit, and before it? I think it was a lot better after than it was before it. So, you know, if, if, if that’s what we gotta do to, you know, get our team going, and to get our defense to be more aggressive, and be, you know, better on third down, then, you know, I’ll take it.”