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.