NEW YORK (AP) -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 Patriots nose tackle met Tuesday with Goodell and the commissioner decided to forgo a possible suspension. That's according to a person familiar with the case who asked for anonymity because there has been no official announcement.
The NFL declined comment, noting that fines and suspensions normally are announced on Fridays.
Wilfork was summoned before Goodell after tape of New England's 41-7 win Oct. 20 showed Wilfork elbowing Cutler in the helmet. Wilfork was fined a total of $35,000 last season for four different episodes.
cemask of New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs and grabbing the facemask of San Diego's Michael Turner during the AFC championship game.
Wilfork has played for the Patriots since being drafted in the first round out of Miami in 2004.

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