The NFL fined Jets safety Eric Smith $7,500 for his head shot hit on Patriots receiver Wes Welker in the first quarter of last Sunday's game at the Meadowlands.
The NFL ruled that Smith, who was targeting Welker on a crossing pattern over the middle, unnecessarily struck a receiver in a defenseless position and handed down the fine. Welker walked off under his own power and was given several functional tests by Patriots doctor Thomas Gill on the sideline before being cleared to re-enter the game.
The Jets were penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness on the play and Patriots coach Bill Belichick was animated his discussion of the play at the time with a side judge. Smith remained in the game and was not suspended for this week's game against the Dolphins.
No Patriots players were fined this week.
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Patriots tackle Matt Light joined The Big Show to discuss the team's upcoming game with the 0-2 Bills and the Pats' most recent loss to the Jets. On the subject of the Jets game, one in which they went into halftime with a 14-10 lead but were outscored 18-0 in the second half en route to a 28-14 defeat, Light said the team needs to work to prevent the types of second-half road collapses that plagued them a season ago.
"Is this going to be a trend? God, I'd hope not," Light said. "I'd hate to think we went through tall this effort in the offseason and all the work we put in in camp and everything else, to come out and play like that. I've got confidence in the guys in that room. We've had a heck of a week this week, I can tell you that much."
"We've put a lot of time in and we'll make it a strong emphasis to come out not only firing in the opener to kick things off, but obviously coming out...
Patriots running back Fred Taylor made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Friday afternoon and indicated he will be ready to go Sunday vs. the Bills. "I feel good," he said of his condition.
Asked if his role would change in Kevin Faulk's absence, Taylor said his role is to do what is asked of him. "My role is the same, and it's going to always be the same," he said. "Whatever they ask me to do, I'm going to try my best to do it. I'm going to give 110 [percent] at it."
Taylor said Faulk was always in the weight room before the other players arrived, and his work ethic was unmatched. "He's definitely underrated, definitely the best at what he does," Taylor said. "We're going to miss that. We're going to miss the positiveness that he always had. … You've got to admire somebody like that."
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Sports Illustrated NFL columnist Peter King made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Friday morning. Asked if the Patriots' collapse vs. the Jets was indicative of a bigger problem, King said: "No, I don't think so. You always have to be careful about a small sample size when you look at a season." King said the biggest factor was how important the game was to the Jets. "That was a desperate, desperate New York Jets team," King said.
On the topic of Braylon Edwards' DUI arrest, King said: "I do think that the bigger issue right here is the Jets' handling of the situation." King notes that the problem started with the Jets' offseason maneuverings. "The surprising thing to me is that people are shocked that things like this happen," he said. "They put a combustible group of players together. And when you do that, combustible things happen."
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FOXBORO -- In a show of support for fallen teammate Kevin Faulk, Randy Moss wore the No. 33 at Patriots practice inside Gillette Stadium on Friday.
Faulk tore the ACL in his right knee last Sunday and will be lost for the season.
WR Taylor Price [ankle], OL Nick Kaczur [back] and CB Terrence Wheatley [foot] were the only active players other than Faulk missing from the open media portion of Patriots practice.
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The guys discuss what radio row looks like after a huge week in Phoenix, ticket sales and major story lines this week leading up to the actual game.
Dickerson and Price kick things off on NFL Sunday discussing how we can finally get into the nuts and bolts of the game. They talk a little about deflategate and how that will effect the game if at all and get into huge matchup that this game is.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ryan Hannable previews Super Bowl XLIX between the Patriots and Seahawks.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
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The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
Wrapping up the show's week on radio row.
Show favorite Mad Dog Russo joins the guys to look at Sunday's game and the response he has seen to deflategate.
Kravitz calls in to put a wrap on the deflategate this week's coverage. He details some of the twitter attacks he has received from Patriots fans.
Christian ran around Radio Row getting predictions form anyone he could find, which included being Green-Flied by Warren Sapp
Local Wiseguy Louie Merloni gives us the lines for Super Bowl XLIX
Adam Schefter, ESPN, joins Lou, Christian and Tim to talk about all the news surrounding Super Bowl XLIX
We help you gamblers out there by breaking down some Super Bowl Prop Bets.
Kevin Harlan talks about some of his famous calls from Patriots games and previews the Super Bowl live from Radio Row.
Tom E Curran joins the show on Radio Row to preview the Super Bowl and give his prediction for the big game.
Mikey, Mut and Lenny are talking about Roger Goodell's state of the game address and question and answer period from earl
Mikey and Mut are gearing up for the Super Bowl on the final show before the Patriots take on the Seahawks.
DeOssie joins Mut from Arizona to talk about how big the hype has been for this year's Super Bowl in comparison to other Super Bowl games in the past and how Seattle's defense matches up against New England's offense.
Jim and Pete talk about the final football game of the 2014 season. It's the Patriots and the Seahawks, and there's still fantasy football to be played!
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
Old friend Boomer Esiason drops by to give his take on the big game. Boomer thinks the Patriots will prevail in the desert.More from this show