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Patriots SS Brandon Meriweather has been fined $50,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Ravens TE Todd Heap on Sunday. Meriweather will not be suspended but could be facing a suspension if he commits another violent hit to the head.

On Tuesday morning, NFL executive VP of football operations Ray Anderson called Meriweather's hit "flagrant" and "egregious" on ESPN Radio. In a letter to the three players fined on Tuesday, Anderson said, "Future offenses will result in an escalation of fines up to and including suspension."

Meriweather told WEEI in Boston on Monday that he didn't intend to hurt Heap, but he added, "I'm going to be aggressive, point blank. I won't change my game, period."

The way we see it

With all the violent hits that occurred during Sunday's game, Meriweather's steep fine is no surprise. The league plans to suspend players for "devastating hits" and "head shots," even if they are first-time offenders. Meriweather's hit has received a lot of attention. It did not look like a bang-bang play like some of the other hits. Meriweather hit Heap after the ball fell incomplete, leading with his head.

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