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Troy Polamalu not fined for hit on Wes Welker

New England Patriots v Pittsburgh Steelers

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 30: Wes Welker #83 of the New England Patriots is tackled Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on October 30, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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The NFL is cracking down this season on hits to the head and neck area of defenseless receivers, but the vicious hit that Steelers safety Troy Polamalu unleashed on Patriots receiver Wes Welker on Sunday apparently didn’t qualify.

Polamalu was not fined for his hit on Welker, the Boston Herald reports.

Welker suffered a neck injury on the play that has continued to bother him this week, but he is expected to play Sunday against the Giants.

Although Polamalu wasn’t fined, three other players from Sunday’s Steelers-Patriots game were: Steelers safety Ryan Clark for a hit on Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, Patriots safety Patrick Chung for facemasking and Patriots running back Kevin Faulk for a chop block.