We all saw it, we all spoke about it and commented about it. Of course I'm talking about Brandon Meriweather's helmet-to-helmet hit on Steve Smith. Whether you want to argue about player safety it's inconsequential, Meriweather knows the rules and routinely opts to break them by head hunting; his fines alone prove that. The NFL have chosen to fine him $20,000 for his hit on Smith, his second fine in as many years.
It's actually a breath of fresh air to see this kind of hit levy a fine. I say this because Steve Smith's reaction was anything but that of someone who was laid out. Smitty did what he always does, pop back up and act like nothing bothered him. However, there was a very good chance that hit could have gone another way. Typically we see the victim's reaction become the driving force for NFL punishment, and the fear was that without a concussion or visible injury the hit on Smith would go unpunished. This wont be the last time Meriweather takes a shot at a receiver, and I just hope the next time it doesn't do more damage. At least Jordan Gross got to lay him out earlier in the year.