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Meriweather addresses big hits

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather, who was fined $50,000 by the NFL for two helmet-to-helmet hits in Sunday’s win over the Ravens, addressed reporters briefly in the locker room on Wednesday.

“Once again, I’m going to say I’m sorry for the hit. I understand the league is trying to protect the health of all our players,” Meriweather said, before a brief pause in which he might have been fighting keep emotions in check.

“To be honest, I just want all this to go away. I want to focus, with the rest of my team, on the Chargers and really not let this come up again. I’m going to try my best to play within the rules, like my coach had always taught us. I’m going to hit and play the game like my coaches have always taught us. Even in training camp, we have always been taught the proper way to hit. Just focus on that and try to put it in my game in some way, shape or fashion.

“From here on, I’m focusing on the Chargers. Anything else spoken about this, I will not comment on.”