Patriots' Wilfork fined $35K, but not suspended for hit on Cutler

New England defensive tackle Vince Wilfork was fined $35,000 for a hit on Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler, but will not be suspended, reports NFL Network's Adam Schefter.

Wilfork met Tuesday with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who decided to forgo a possible suspension, according to a person familiar with the case who asked The Associated Press for anonymity because there was no official announcement.

The NFL declined comment, noting that fines and suspensions normally are announced on Fridays.

Wilfork was summoned before Goodell after the Broncos claimed tape of New England's 41-7 win Oct. 20 showed Wilfork elbowing Cutler in the helmet.

However, the tapes that were reviewed during the hearing did not show that clearly, upholding New England's contention there was no intent to injure. They also showed Wilfork helping up Cutler and patting him on the back after the play.

Wilfork was fined a total of $35,000 last season for four different incidents. They included hits on Buffalo quarterback J.P. Losman and Dallas tight end Jason Witten. He also was fined for putting a finger inside the facemask 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 his entire career for the Patriots since he was drafted in the first round out of Miami in 2004.

He said Wednesday that he didn't know what the outcome of the meeting would be, but felt the session was productive.

"I think both sides were happy," Wilfork said. "He got a chance to hear my side of my story of how I approach the game. I got a chance to hear what he had to say about the whole situation of my past history and playing football and all that good stuff. So I think we both left pretty happy."

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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