NFL commissioner Roger Goodell joined the Dennis & Callahan Show Thursday morning to discuss a variety of topics, most notably the league’s approach toward disciplining players for illegal hits. Goodell was in Boston Wednesday night to be honored by the Sports Legacy Institute, and is in the midst of a week where the NFL has fined three players (including Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather) a total of $175,000 for illegal hits levied during last weekend’s games.

Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs fired back at Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Wednesday, saying Brady “whines” a lot. Suggs also promised to get the “last laugh” on Brady, and poked fun about the protection the quarterback has received in the wake of the creation of the “Brady Rule.”

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Chargers tight end Antonio Gates was among six players to miss practice on Friday in Southern California as they get ready to host the Patriots on Sunday afternoon. Chargers coach Norv Turner told reporters during a conference call on Wednesday that the team considers Gates day-to-day with a toe injury and is hopeful the star tight end can return to practice later in the week.

 

Chargers Injury Report for Wednesday:

Did Not Practice

LB Larry English (foot)

WR Malcolm Floyd (hamstring)

FOXBORO -- Julian Edelman, Fred Taylor and Jarrad Page all missed Patriots practice on Wednesday on the upper practice fields while Kyle Arrington was limited with a groin as the team began on-field preparations for the Chargers in San Diego on Sunday afternoon. The team practices again on Thursday before leaving for Southern California on Friday. 

 

Patriots Injury Report for Wednesday:

Did Not Practice

RB Fred Taylor (toe)  

WR Julian Edelman (concussion)

S Jarrad Page (calf)

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday notified all 32 teams that increased discipline -- including possible first-offense suspension-- will be imposed on players that author illegal hits to the head or neck of an opposing player.

 

Goodell sent a memo to each team, which was accompanied by a message and video to players and coaches. The head coach has been instructed to show the video and read the message to his team as quickly as possible. The video includes examples of both legal and illegal hits under current NFL rules.

 

Speaking with Peter King and Ross Tucker on Sirius NFL Radio Wednesday, Rodney Harrison discussed a conversation he had with Brandon Meriweather following the safety's hit on Todd Heap. Meriweather was fined $50,000 by the NFL for the helmet-to-helmet collision.

 

"I asked Brandon, ‘If the NFL fines you a great deal of money or they suspend you, will this change the way you play?' He told me absolutely,” said Harrison. "That’s the message the NFL is sending and I think a lot of players will echo that same sentiment."

 

FOXBORO -- Reacting to the whirlwind of controversy in the NFL over helmet-to-helmet and head shots and the league's swift reaction, Tom Brady said Wednesday that the league and its players are trying to walk a fine line. His teammate Brandon Meriweather was fined $50,000 for his hit on Baltimore's Todd Heap while Pittsburgh's James Harrison was fined $75,000 and says he's considering retirement because the league is overreacting. 

 

FOXBORO -- Julian Edelman, Fred Taylor and Jarrad Page were all missing from the open portion of Patriots practice on Wednesday as the team began on-field preparations for the San Diego Chargers this Sunday in Southern California.

 

FOXBORO - Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather spoke to the media Wednesday, a day after he was fined $50,000 by the NFL for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Ravens tight end Todd Heap. Meriweather struggled to keep his emotion in check as he issued a statement from his locker. He did not take any questions from the media on the subject.