In a Tuesday afternoon conference call, Patriots coach Bill Belichick wouldn’t speculate about what the future holds for safety Brandon Meriweather, who could face a fine or suspension for his hit on Baltimore’s Todd Heap over the weekend.

ESPN analyst and former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, in his appearance on the Dale & Holley Show, said that he believed that in a week of vicious hits, the one by Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather on Ravens tight end Todd Heap was the most likely to merit a suspension.

 

The Patriots are set to add Ross Ventrone to the practice squad, according to a league source. Ventrone was with New England in camp before being cut once, returning, then cut again shortly before the start of the season. He is a 5-foot-8, 190-pound defensive back who had 42 tackles and four interceptions over the course of his college career with Villanova. A defensive back and special teamer, he could provide some depth at the safety position if the the Patriots do lose Brandon Meriweather to suspension.

NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson said that the hit by Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather on Baltimore tight end Todd Heap on Sunday was “flagrant” and “egregious,” and that the NFL would consider suspensions for such hits going forward. Do you think it is fair if Brandon Meriweather ends up getting suspended by the NFL? Vote Now.

NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson, in an appearance on ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike Show, said that the hit by Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather on Baltimore tight end Todd Heap on Sunday was "flagrant" and "egregious," and that the NFL would consider suspensions for such hits going forward.

 

Appearing on the Dennis & Callahan Show Tuesday morning, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com and NBC Sports suggested that the NFL's trade deadline (which is at 4 p.m. EST Tuesday) is too early, resulting in limited activity. "You can't have a fire-sale six weeks in," Florio said. 

 

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According to a report from TMZ, former Patriots linebacker Junior Seau told law enforcement that he was not trying to kill himself when he drove his Cadillac Escalade off a cliff in Carlsbad, Calif., on Monday morning. 

 

Patriots coach Bill Belichick made his weekly appearance on The Big Show on Monday, discussing the team's overtime victory over the Ravens, the return of Deion Branch, and Brandon Meriweather's head-to-head hit on Baltimore tight end Todd Heap. 

 

Regarding Meriweather, who is expected to be fined for the hit in which he led with his helmet, Belichick said the safety needs to stay aggressive without crossing any lines.