Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather will be fined $50,000 for his two helmet-to-helmet hits to Baltimore tight end Todd Heap but won’t be suspended, according to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello.

The news was first reported by ESPN.

Meriweather’s two hits, which took place during Sunday’s win over the Ravens, drew the attention of league executives earlier in the week, with NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson, telling ESPN Radio the hit was “flagrant” and “egregious.”

Patriots assistant Bill O’Brien acknowledged Tuesday that he and Randy Moss were involved in an incident shortly before Moss was dealt to Minnesota earlier this month.

Speaking on a conference call with reporters, O’Brien — who is listed on the company masthead as the quarterbacks coach, but has served as the de facto offensive coordinator for much of the last two seasons — said something did happen after the Patriots-Dolphins game, a contest where Moss finished with no catches for the only time in his three-plus years.

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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