- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New York Jets safety Eric Smith was fined $7,500 for his first-quarter hit on New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker last Sunday. Smith struck Welker in the head on a first-quarter incompletion. The fine was for unnecessarily striking a defenseless receiver.
On Monday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said he was interested to see how the NFL responded to Smith's hit.
"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."
On a related note, Patriots outside linebacker Tully Banta-Cain was not fined for his late-hit penalty in the game.
Mike Reiss covers the Patriots for ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter.