FOXBORO — Brandon Meriweather’s fine for his two hits on Ravens tight end Todd Heap earlier this season has been reduced from $50,000 to $40,000, according to Judy Battista of The New York Times. Meriweather was hit with the penalty in the wake of his actions in the Oct. 17 game. In the days after the game, he issued an apology for the incident.

One man's Week 17 NFL picks …

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BALTIMORE (-9.5) over Cincinnati 



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The Dolphins had just three players miss practice on Thursday — linebacker Karlos Dansby, tight end Anthony Fasano and tight end Lydon Murtha. Here's their complete report:

Did Not Participate
LB Karlos Dansby (toe)
TE Anthony Fasano (knee)
TE Lydon Murtha (head)

Limited Participation
CB Nolan Carroll (head)

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FOXBORO — In addition to the three players who missed practice — Ron Brace, Dan Connolly and Mike Wright — the Patriots had six players who were limited, including quarterback Tom Brady. Here's the complete report:

Did Not Participate
DL Ron Brace (elbow)
G Dan Connolly (concussion)
DL Mike Wright (concussion)

Limited Participation
LB Tully Banta-Cain (groin)
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder/foot)
WR Deion Branch (knee)
LB Jermaine Cunningham (calf)

FOXBORO -- Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo has been informed by the NFL he will be fined for at least one of the several huge hits he laid on the Bills during Sunday's 34-3 rout of Buffalo at Ralph Wilson Stadium, according to the Boston Herald.

 

FOXBORO -- The Patriots fielded a fairly healthy squad for the start of practice on Thursday outside Gillette Stadium. Only offensive lineman Dan Connolly and interior defensive linemen Ron Brace and Mike Wright were missing from practice on the lower practice field.

 

Connolly and Wright are both dealing with the effects of concussions while Brace is nursing an elbow injury.

 

FOXBORO -- Despite suffering a severe injury to his left knee in the 2009 season finale, Wes Welker says he has no intention of sitting out to avoid another similar situation this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. 

 

Strange times over here at the mailbag. I'm still battling back from a root canal on Monday, which was pretty much the worst two and a half hours of my life that didn't involve characters speaking the Na'vi language. 



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FOXBORO -- Despite earning his third Pro Bowl berth on Tuesday night, Logan Mankins says he's not trying to prove a point by playing extra hard this season. 

 

Four players missed Dolphins practice as the team prepares to head north for Sunday's season finale against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. The complete Dolphins injury report from Wednesday:

 

Did Not Participate

CB Nolan Carroll (head)

LB Karlos Dansby (toe)

TE Anthony Fasano (knee)

TE Lydon Murtha (head)