Archive for September 24th, 2010

Jets Smith Fined For Hit On Welker

WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia reports that Jets safety Eric Smith was fined for his flagrant shot to the head on wide receiver Wes Welker during the first quarter of Sunday’s 28-14 loss to the Jets.

Smith struck Welker in the head with his forearm which knocked him to the ground, leaving the veteran holding his helmet with both hands.  Welker left the game and was seen on the sidelines going through tests, and later returned to score a touchdown and played the rest of the contest.

A furious Belichick was also seen arguing with the side judge, and was upset enough where he said Monday he was curious to know if some sort of punishment would be in order.

“I don’t think that is really what the league is looking for with those type of plays,” Belichick said. “I can’t imagine that they are. We’ll see what they want to do with it.”

Now he’s got the answer, and thankfully Welker wasn’t hurt worse than he was.  Otherwise Welker’s loss would have been far greater than the $7,500 Smith will now have to pay for that hit.

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Arrington May Take Over at RCB Sunday

Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com reports that a change may be coming at the right cornerback position, and 2nd-year defensive back Darius Butler may have dropped down the depth chart.

According to the report Kyle Arrington has gotten a number of snaps with the first defense this week, and the 2nd-year player could potentially end up getting the start when the Patriots take on the Bills this Sunday in Foxboro.

After Butler’s two defensive pass interference penalties in Sunday’s loss, fans later saw Arrington take over for him on the Jets final offensive series.  However, if the news is true of his participation this week, it looks we may see Arrington get the nod over Butler this weekend. 

It’s always nice to get a shot at redemption.  We’ll have to wait and see if Butler gets another chance, or if Arrington ends up winning the battle to play opposite rookie Devin McCourty.

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