That hit that Bill Belichick suggested should receive supplemental discipline? It got no supplemental discipline.
The NFL confirmed on Friday that Wes Welker was not fined for his hit on Aqib Talib during last week's AFC Championship Game between the Patriots and the Broncos.
The hit, which came early in the second quarter, caused Talib a knee injury that knocked him out for the remainder of the game.
Belichick told reporters after the game that he would need to see the play on film before he could comment on it. In his press conference on Monday, he openly decried Welker's intentions on the play and suggested that the league should punish Welker for his actions.
"I was asked about the hit on Talib, and I feel badly for Aqib the way that play turned out," Belichick said. "I went back and watched it, which I didn’t have a chance to do [Sunday]. I think it was a deliberate play by the receiver to take out Aqib. No attempt to get open. I’ll let the league handle the discipline on that play. It’s not for me to decide, but it’s one of the worst plays I’ve seen. That’s all I’m going to say about that."
That Welker isn't paying for his pick on Talib isn't much of a surprise. The NFL's head of officiating Dean Blandino explained earlier this week that Welker's hit on Talib was legal, and Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran predicted that there would be no fine for Welker after talking to the league office.