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New England defensive tackle Vince Wilfork will be fined but not suspended by the NFL after meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell about a hit on Denver quarterback Jay Cutler, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
The Broncos complained that Wilfork elbowed Cutler in the head. But, after review, the NFL determined that there was a hit, but no intent to injure by Wilfork. Thus, the big defensive lineman will be fined and not suspended. He will suit up for the Pats this Sunday against the Colts.
Wilfork appeared satisfied with his meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell:
“I think both sides were happy. He got a chance to hear my side of my story of how I approach the game. I got a chance to hear what he had to say about the whole situation of my past history and playing football and all that good stuff. So I think we both left pretty happy.”
Reaction: Good thing Wilfork was not suspended, because the Patriots would have huge problems with a strengthening Colts squad. They are a desperate team at 3-4, and with Joseph Addai and Bob Sanders returning from injury, they should be very tough for the Patriots to beat, especially considering the game is in Indianapolis.