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NFL fines Brandon Meriweather $50,000; no suspension

The NFL’s new get-tough policy on helmet-to-helmet contact will include a hefty fine, but no suspension, for Patriots defensive back Brandon Meriweather.

Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com reports that Meriweather will be fined $50,000 for two helmet-to-helmet hits, but will not be suspended.

Several concussion-causing collisions drew league scrutiny on Sunday, but the hit that appeared to be the most deliberate was the one Meriweather laid on Ravens tight end Todd Heap. Surprisingly, Heap returned to the game and apparently did not suffer a concussion.

Although the NFL is ready to start suspending players for helmet-to-helmet contact, that apparently won’t happen this week, as Meriweather will get off with a fine and not a suspension.

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56 Responses to “NFL fines Brandon Meriweather $50,000; no suspension”
  1. gameday says: Oct 19, 2010 4:22 PM

    Well, if Meriweather is not suspended for his hits, then nobody should be getting suspended.

  2. gameday says: Oct 19, 2010 4:22 PM

    Well, if Meriweather is not suspended for his hits, then nobody should be getting suspended.

  3. jjcruiser says: Oct 19, 2010 4:25 PM

    That is exactly what they should have done. Or $100k. And the letter should have included the phrase
    “You are considered a repeat offender and the league will be more strictly enforcing its rules against launching, and leading with the helmet, and hitting defenseless receivers. Further infractions may result in greater fines and/or suspensions without pay.”

  4. jjcruiser says: Oct 19, 2010 4:25 PM

    That is exactly what they should have done. Or $100k. And the letter should have included the phrase
    “You are considered a repeat offender and the league will be more strictly enforcing its rules against launching, and leading with the helmet, and hitting defenseless receivers. Further infractions may result in greater fines and/or suspensions without pay.”

  5. jshawaii says: Oct 19, 2010 4:26 PM

    Yeah, $50 large may be a wake-up call. I wonder when we’ll hear from the NFLPA screaming foul and threatening to go to court.
    js

  6. jshawaii says: Oct 19, 2010 4:26 PM

    Yeah, $50 large may be a wake-up call. I wonder when we’ll hear from the NFLPA screaming foul and threatening to go to court.
    js

  7. Bossman says: Oct 19, 2010 4:27 PM

    I’m a Patriots fan and I applaud this fine. I was livid when he did that. There is no place for launching yourself at another player. Maybe he’ll learn….

  8. Bossman says: Oct 19, 2010 4:27 PM

    I’m a Patriots fan and I applaud this fine. I was livid when he did that. There is no place for launching yourself at another player. Maybe he’ll learn….

  9. The Hogster says: Oct 19, 2010 4:30 PM

    Rule cant apply retro can it?

  10. The Hogster says: Oct 19, 2010 4:30 PM

    Rule cant apply retro can it?

  11. gameday says: Oct 19, 2010 4:31 PM

    The league should fine Tom Brady every time he whines and cries when a defender gets near him or god forbid knock him down.
    It’s getting downright sickening to watch that pansie throw a hissy fit whenever he gets his skirt dirtied.
    Am i the only one who saw him looking at the Ref and slamming his hand on the turf just cause he got knocked to the ground by (Suggs or Lewis?)
    That episode was much worse than 5 year olds throwing temper tantrums when they don’t get their way.
    What does that girl think? Is the defender supposed to stand in front of him waving his arms, and shout Boo, Boo! and let him throw the ball?
    Giselle has more stones than Brady has

  12. gameday says: Oct 19, 2010 4:31 PM

    The league should fine Tom Brady every time he whines and cries when a defender gets near him or god forbid knock him down.
    It’s getting downright sickening to watch that pansie throw a hissy fit whenever he gets his skirt dirtied.
    Am i the only one who saw him looking at the Ref and slamming his hand on the turf just cause he got knocked to the ground by (Suggs or Lewis?)
    That episode was much worse than 5 year olds throwing temper tantrums when they don’t get their way.
    What does that girl think? Is the defender supposed to stand in front of him waving his arms, and shout Boo, Boo! and let him throw the ball?
    Giselle has more stones than Brady has

  13. Cubano says: Oct 19, 2010 4:32 PM

    $50,000 won’t mean a thing to these guys. They spend that much on dinner w/ their boys for goodness sakes.

  14. Cubano says: Oct 19, 2010 4:32 PM

    $50,000 won’t mean a thing to these guys. They spend that much on dinner w/ their boys for goodness sakes.

  15. JRG3 says: Oct 19, 2010 4:32 PM

    fines mean nothing to these guys. NOTHING!! 15 yards would hurt them more.

  16. JRG3 says: Oct 19, 2010 4:32 PM

    fines mean nothing to these guys. NOTHING!! 15 yards would hurt them more.

  17. cornflorio says: Oct 19, 2010 4:32 PM

    Lets see how tough these guys are when their wallets start getting hit like that. Mind you…$50K probabaly barely makes a dent.

  18. cornflorio says: Oct 19, 2010 4:32 PM

    Lets see how tough these guys are when their wallets start getting hit like that. Mind you…$50K probabaly barely makes a dent.

  19. CollegeToPros says: Oct 19, 2010 4:33 PM

    I would have fined him $500,000 and I am a Brandon Meriweather fan.
    You can’t suspend him since u can’t dish out consequences before a rule is in place.
    It is a good punishment and I hope Meriweather learns from this mistake. Stay aggresive, but be smart.
    Let go Patriots. We are on our way back to the top!

  20. CollegeToPros says: Oct 19, 2010 4:33 PM

    I would have fined him $500,000 and I am a Brandon Meriweather fan.
    You can’t suspend him since u can’t dish out consequences before a rule is in place.
    It is a good punishment and I hope Meriweather learns from this mistake. Stay aggresive, but be smart.
    Let go Patriots. We are on our way back to the top!

  21. H25 says: Oct 19, 2010 4:33 PM

    A stupid play by a stupid player. Why don’t they start ejecting players from the game?
    You get to knock a guy out of the game but stay in?
    Hockey still gets the rap from the 1970’s but if you cheap shot a guy you are out

  22. H25 says: Oct 19, 2010 4:33 PM

    A stupid play by a stupid player. Why don’t they start ejecting players from the game?
    You get to knock a guy out of the game but stay in?
    Hockey still gets the rap from the 1970’s but if you cheap shot a guy you are out

  23. RIP__21 says: Oct 19, 2010 4:35 PM

    Hes not suspended but 50k is still a lot of clams for a rookie. Just ask Dez Bryant…

  24. RIP__21 says: Oct 19, 2010 4:35 PM

    Hes not suspended but 50k is still a lot of clams for a rookie. Just ask Dez Bryant…

  25. HowBoutThemTexans says: Oct 19, 2010 4:38 PM

    Todd Heap is the Bill Brasky of the NFL. That was vicious.

  26. HowBoutThemTexans says: Oct 19, 2010 4:38 PM

    Todd Heap is the Bill Brasky of the NFL. That was vicious.

  27. 8ball says: Oct 19, 2010 4:39 PM

    .
    Reiss also reports that Meriweather’s base salary is 550k, so the fine is not insignificant.
    .

  28. 8ball says: Oct 19, 2010 4:39 PM

    .
    Reiss also reports that Meriweather’s base salary is 550k, so the fine is not insignificant.
    .

  29. Mike Daly says: Oct 19, 2010 5:02 PM

    The hit was hard but it did not look intentional, and the league needs to factor intent into such fines because it absolutely can be determined. They’ve got to stop protecting weak players like this -this isn’t a shot at Heap (I like him because he’s good and he’s a tough guy), it’s a shot at the premise that such hits ipso facto warrant heavy fines.

  30. Mike Daly says: Oct 19, 2010 5:02 PM

    The hit was hard but it did not look intentional, and the league needs to factor intent into such fines because it absolutely can be determined. They’ve got to stop protecting weak players like this -this isn’t a shot at Heap (I like him because he’s good and he’s a tough guy), it’s a shot at the premise that such hits ipso facto warrant heavy fines.

  31. H25 says: Oct 19, 2010 5:06 PM

    gameday, First you would have to set precedent with Manning. He is the master at throwing a hissy fit. The only difference is he gets the calls. If a defender is found to have a bad cold and they get near Manning – 15 yards!
    All comes from the GM – the biggest whiner and complainer in the business – Bill Polian.
    “the Patriots play too rough” wah, wah, wah.

  32. H25 says: Oct 19, 2010 5:06 PM

    gameday, First you would have to set precedent with Manning. He is the master at throwing a hissy fit. The only difference is he gets the calls. If a defender is found to have a bad cold and they get near Manning – 15 yards!
    All comes from the GM – the biggest whiner and complainer in the business – Bill Polian.
    “the Patriots play too rough” wah, wah, wah.

  33. jjcruiser says: Oct 19, 2010 5:30 PM

    “bad cold and they get near Manning – 15 yards!”
    Great line!

  34. jjcruiser says: Oct 19, 2010 5:30 PM

    “bad cold and they get near Manning – 15 yards!”
    Great line!

  35. TheWizard says: Oct 19, 2010 5:40 PM

    It’s getting downright sickening to watch
    Should be easy to correct, eh dumbass?

  36. TheWizard says: Oct 19, 2010 5:40 PM

    It’s getting downright sickening to watch
    Should be easy to correct, eh dumbass?

  37. CliveRush says: Oct 19, 2010 6:18 PM

    Gameday, you sure are good a calling people names from behind the protection of a computer. Tom was with his wife and son yesterday out in public in Boston. Show your supposed stones and call him a sissy to his face Mr. Courage. I didn’t think you would.

  38. CliveRush says: Oct 19, 2010 6:18 PM

    Gameday, you sure are good a calling people names from behind the protection of a computer. Tom was with his wife and son yesterday out in public in Boston. Show your supposed stones and call him a sissy to his face Mr. Courage. I didn’t think you would.

  39. Belichick for President says: Oct 19, 2010 6:24 PM

    Oh look, Gameday the hater has been let out of mommy and daddy’s basement. Let me guess, the Patriots are going 6-10 again this year like last year, right?
    LOL. The haters are funny. Bring back Italian Army Guy and IC Light Pounder, so we can really ramp up the stupidity factor.

  40. Belichick for President says: Oct 19, 2010 6:24 PM

    Oh look, Gameday the hater has been let out of mommy and daddy’s basement. Let me guess, the Patriots are going 6-10 again this year like last year, right?
    LOL. The haters are funny. Bring back Italian Army Guy and IC Light Pounder, so we can really ramp up the stupidity factor.

  41. Rick says: Oct 19, 2010 6:48 PM

    I usually don’t reply to these, but here I must. I’m a Patriots fan, a former player, and I agree with the league’s actions. This is no small fine to Merriweather, it actually represents 1/10th of his salary base. He will definitely feel that. I was around when Daryl Stingley got cut down in a preseason game, and his life was drastically affected by it. Parapalegic is not the title anyone wants after their name is spoken. Not for a game. Not for a dollar amount. And as for “Gamedays” comments about Brady, you should check your facts. Brady works incredibly hard at his craft. Anyone in the business who knows him will attest to that fact. He works hard in the weight room, watches massive amounts of game film, was usually the first to arrive at camps and practice each day, and is a model team player. He passed on higher salaries twice to help the team build by giving the additional money to others. He is passionate, and that’s what you saw. Maybe you should question why Brady felt so strongly about Suggs’s actions. Suggs, and the majority of the Ravens, talk an awful lot of trash. They are considered a thug team in the league, not one of finesse and play execution.
    And by the way, this year’s Patriots look strikingly like the team that won the 2001 Superbowl. Chew on that.

  42. Rick says: Oct 19, 2010 6:48 PM

    I usually don’t reply to these, but here I must. I’m a Patriots fan, a former player, and I agree with the league’s actions. This is no small fine to Merriweather, it actually represents 1/10th of his salary base. He will definitely feel that. I was around when Daryl Stingley got cut down in a preseason game, and his life was drastically affected by it. Parapalegic is not the title anyone wants after their name is spoken. Not for a game. Not for a dollar amount. And as for “Gamedays” comments about Brady, you should check your facts. Brady works incredibly hard at his craft. Anyone in the business who knows him will attest to that fact. He works hard in the weight room, watches massive amounts of game film, was usually the first to arrive at camps and practice each day, and is a model team player. He passed on higher salaries twice to help the team build by giving the additional money to others. He is passionate, and that’s what you saw. Maybe you should question why Brady felt so strongly about Suggs’s actions. Suggs, and the majority of the Ravens, talk an awful lot of trash. They are considered a thug team in the league, not one of finesse and play execution.
    And by the way, this year’s Patriots look strikingly like the team that won the 2001 Superbowl. Chew on that.

  43. aggie95 says: Oct 19, 2010 7:04 PM

    Eric Smith fined 7500 in week 2 for basically the same play. I’d expect an appeal and it’d be a travesty if he didn’t get it reduced to below 7500, based on Eric Smith’s history or headshots.

  44. aggie95 says: Oct 19, 2010 7:04 PM

    Eric Smith fined 7500 in week 2 for basically the same play. I’d expect an appeal and it’d be a travesty if he didn’t get it reduced to below 7500, based on Eric Smith’s history or headshots.

  45. Woe is Mets says: Oct 19, 2010 7:39 PM

    @CollegeToPros
    “You can’t suspend him since u can’t dish out consequences before a rule is in place.”
    a guy getting ejected/suspended for a vicious and illegal hit is not a rule that was only just now created. Eric Smith was suspended a game for smashing into Anquan Boldin helmet-to-helmet. and Dante Wesley was suspended also for knocking Clifton Smith clean out on an illegal blow on a punt return.
    it’s absolutely embarrassing that none of Meriweather, Harrison nor Robinson received a suspension.

  46. Woe is Mets says: Oct 19, 2010 7:39 PM

    @CollegeToPros
    “You can’t suspend him since u can’t dish out consequences before a rule is in place.”
    a guy getting ejected/suspended for a vicious and illegal hit is not a rule that was only just now created. Eric Smith was suspended a game for smashing into Anquan Boldin helmet-to-helmet. and Dante Wesley was suspended also for knocking Clifton Smith clean out on an illegal blow on a punt return.
    it’s absolutely embarrassing that none of Meriweather, Harrison nor Robinson received a suspension.

  47. ppdoc13 says: Oct 19, 2010 7:39 PM

    @Rick – while it may be fair to characterize the Raven teams of Brian Billick and Rex Ryan as “thug” teams you are wrong now.
    Harbaugh does not advocate that nonsense. He pulls people out if they do it. And the Ravens this year are not only one of the least penalized teams, if I am correct they only have two personal fouls all season. Perhaps three.
    Brandon Merriweather could have had 3 PF just in that game, two against Todd Heap.
    There is a big difference between a team that is physical and plays that way and a team that tries to portray a thug nature. Just look at the Jets of Rex Ryan. He cultivates that persona. As far as Brady being a hard worker, I am not at all surprised. I would take him over Peyton Manning if I had to start a team, but you can not deny that Brady is a wuss who works the refs if a defensive player comes in the same zip code as he is. He whines and cries on EVERY play where he gets touched. Frankly, it gets old. If they are going to have a standard it should apply to the prima donnas as well as the Kyle Bollers of the world. One way or the other, it should apply to all.
    I have mucho respect for Brady, Bellicheck and the Pats as a football team. But Brady is a cry baby, period.

  48. ppdoc13 says: Oct 19, 2010 7:39 PM

    @Rick – while it may be fair to characterize the Raven teams of Brian Billick and Rex Ryan as “thug” teams you are wrong now.
    Harbaugh does not advocate that nonsense. He pulls people out if they do it. And the Ravens this year are not only one of the least penalized teams, if I am correct they only have two personal fouls all season. Perhaps three.
    Brandon Merriweather could have had 3 PF just in that game, two against Todd Heap.
    There is a big difference between a team that is physical and plays that way and a team that tries to portray a thug nature. Just look at the Jets of Rex Ryan. He cultivates that persona. As far as Brady being a hard worker, I am not at all surprised. I would take him over Peyton Manning if I had to start a team, but you can not deny that Brady is a wuss who works the refs if a defensive player comes in the same zip code as he is. He whines and cries on EVERY play where he gets touched. Frankly, it gets old. If they are going to have a standard it should apply to the prima donnas as well as the Kyle Bollers of the world. One way or the other, it should apply to all.
    I have mucho respect for Brady, Bellicheck and the Pats as a football team. But Brady is a cry baby, period.

  49. VASeahawk says: Oct 19, 2010 7:45 PM

    Merriweather should be gone for half a season. His only intent was to drill Heap in the head with helmet. Sit the dirty little pr*ck and maybe he’ll learn something.

  50. VASeahawk says: Oct 19, 2010 7:45 PM

    Merriweather should be gone for half a season. His only intent was to drill Heap in the head with helmet. Sit the dirty little pr*ck and maybe he’ll learn something.

  51. oldsouth says: Oct 19, 2010 10:31 PM

    I would comment but the marxists at PFT are not comfortable with free speech.

  52. oldsouth says: Oct 19, 2010 10:31 PM

    I would comment but the marxists at PFT are not comfortable with free speech.

  53. CKL says: Oct 20, 2010 3:14 AM

    Another Pats fan here who believes Meriweather deserved the fine. Was glad to see BB yank his ass out of the game for a bit after that. Dude is already on thin ice there as far as his starting role.

  54. CKL says: Oct 20, 2010 3:14 AM

    Another Pats fan here who believes Meriweather deserved the fine. Was glad to see BB yank his ass out of the game for a bit after that. Dude is already on thin ice there as far as his starting role.

  55. joetoronto says: Oct 20, 2010 6:13 AM

    Mike Daly says: October 19, 2010 5:02 PM
    The hit was hard but it did not look intentional, and the league needs to factor intent into such fines because it absolutely can be determined. They’ve got to stop protecting weak players like this -this isn’t a shot at Heap (I like him because he’s good and he’s a tough guy), it’s a shot at the premise that such hits ipso facto warrant heavy fines.
    *********************************************************
    Mike: If that hit wasn’t intentional, then NO hits are.
    Come on, man.

  56. joetoronto says: Oct 20, 2010 6:13 AM

    Mike Daly says: October 19, 2010 5:02 PM
    The hit was hard but it did not look intentional, and the league needs to factor intent into such fines because it absolutely can be determined. They’ve got to stop protecting weak players like this -this isn’t a shot at Heap (I like him because he’s good and he’s a tough guy), it’s a shot at the premise that such hits ipso facto warrant heavy fines.
    *********************************************************
    Mike: If that hit wasn’t intentional, then NO hits are.
    Come on, man.

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