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Patriots' Benjamin Watson criticizes NFL's "inconsistent" fines

Patriots' Benjamin Watson criticizes NFL's "inconsistent" fines

Panthers safety Eric Reid was fined Sunday for his hit on Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson, and Watson made his displeasure with the NFL's fining procedure known on Twitter. 

Reid's apology came right after the game, but the safety admitted he expected to be fined for the hit. Reid will have to a fine of $10,527. 

Watson's frustration with the NFL might stem from the four-game suspension he will serve at the start of this season after violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. 

Different violations get different punishments in the NFL. Reid's play was dangerous and could have resulted in serious injury for either him or Watson, but a relatively small fine is all he got. Watson and Golden Tate at the same time will serve month-long suspensions for far less serious violations. 

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Eric Reid fined for hit that injured Patriots TE Ben Watson

Eric Reid fined for hit that injured Patriots TE Ben Watson

In the New England Patriots' preseason game against the Carolina Panthers, safety Eric Reid put a massive late hit on Patriots tight end Ben Watson. The hit knocked Watson out of the game and Reid drew a flag for unnecessary roughness.

Reid confirmed that he expected to be fined for the play after the game. And now, it appears that Reid is paying the price for the violent hit.

According to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, Reid has been fined $10,527 by the NFL for the incident.

Reid did text Watson an apology after the incident, but a fine for the action was certainly necessary.

Watson shouldn't miss any extra time as a result of the injury he sustained in that game. He was already suspended for the first four games of the season, so he should be plenty healthy by the time that suspension ends.

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Patriots TE Ben Watson reveals feelings about Panthers DB Eric Reid on Twitter

Patriots TE Ben Watson reveals feelings about Panthers DB Eric Reid on Twitter

As Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid awaits his expected punishment from the NFL for his dangerous late hit to the head of the Patriots' Ben Watson that has the 38-year-old tight end in concussion protocol, Reid has insisted the hit had nothing to do with the recent Twitter beef between the two.

Watson hasn't talked publicly since the hit, but he tweeted about it Saturday.

Our Tom E. Curran tweeted his disdain for the hit just after it happened. 

That, of course, garnered a number of reactions, including a "like" from one Benjamin Watson, as this screengrab shows:

Looking back at the play (via a tweet from the NFL Network's Mike Giardi, above), Watson had already been tackled following a reception from Tom Brady. Reid, a 27-year-old veteran safety, was penalized for unnecessary roughness but escaped ejection.

Now, for the backstory between the two, Reid recently was critical of the Players Coalition as well as Jay-Z's partnership with the NFL. That didn't sit well with Watson, who responded with the tweet below:

Reid has drawn multiple fines for unnecessary roughness and was ejected from a game for his hit on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger last season. He also contends that he's been unfairly targeted for drug testing by the NFL because of his kneeling during the national anthem.

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