Vince Wilfork fined $10K for QB hit

Updated: January 7, 2011, 6:19 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

New England Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork was fined $10,000 by the NFL for his third-quarter hit on Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne in the season finale last Sunday.

Wilfork sacked Henne on the play, but was ruled to have made helmet-to-helmet contact, for which the Patriots were penalized 15 yards. Wilfork's fine was for driving Henne into the ground.

Meanwhile, Dolphins defensive lineman Paul Soliai was also fined $10,000 for roughing the passer. His third-quarter hit on Patriots backup quarterback Brian Hoyer -- on the play in which Hoyer connected with receiver Brandon Tate for a 42-yard touchdown -- drew the fine.

Mike Reiss covers the Patriots for ESPN Boston. You can follow him on Twitter.

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