We noted this week that Patriots coach Bill Belichick said that Jets safety Eric Smith had delivered the kind of hit on Wes Welker that the league doesn’t like to see.
The league office has made clear that it agrees.
Smith has been fined $7,500 for the hit, saying that Smith unnecessarily struck a defenseless receiver. The fine is a little bit more than the usual $5,000 for unnecessary roughness.
For his part, Welker said he didn’t agree with Belichick and didn’t see any reason for Smith to be fined or suspended. But Smith’s paycheck will be $7,500 lighter.