Meriweather apologizes for Heap hit

New England Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather met with reporters at his Gillette Stadium locker stall Wednesday to address his recent helmet-to-helmet hit on defenseless Baltimore Ravens tight end Todd Heap.

The NFL on Tuesday fined Meriweather $50,000 for the collision. Meriweather delivered this statement and informed reporters he would not comment on anything other than Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers:

"Once again, I'm going to say I'm sorry for the hit. But I understand the league is trying to protect the health of all our players. I don't even know how to put it, but, 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.

"You know, 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. I'm going to just focus on that and try to put it in my game in some way, shape, form or fashion.

"From here on, I'm focusing on the Chargers. Anything else spoken about this, I will not comment on."