Wilfork hit with fine for hit on Cutler

New England Patriots DL Vince Wilfork learned of his punishment for a blow to the head of Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler.

New England Patriots DL Vince Wilfork learned of his punishment for a blow to the head of Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler, $35,000 but no suspension. Wilfork commented earlier this week that he was pleased with how the meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell went earlier in the week, stating that each of them were able to tell their sides to the story.

"I'm happy it turned out without a suspension," Wilfork told the Boston Herald today. Like I said a couple days ago, I think that meeting, was a good meeting. It was very productive. Both sides gave good points. We both listened. "

Wilfork was summoned to New York to review the incident after Broncos officials sent a copy of their tape to the league for investigation. Wilfork allegedly elbowed Cutler in the head after a play. According to an AP report, there was no clear evidence of the hit on the film the Broncos sent, and Wilfork was even seen helping Cutler up and patting him on the back after the play.

Wilfork was fined a total of $35,000 last season for on field incidents including poking Giants running back Brandon Jacobs in the facemask and another for using his elbow on a late hit against Buffalo Bills J.P. Losman's knee, which injured the quarterback.

Wilfork understands that things could have been worse, and he'll probably get a suspension for his next incident, but he's happy to put this one behind him.

"I got a fine. It could have been a lot worse than that," the defender admitted. "Now I can concentrate on playing football."


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