Reaction on helmet-to-helmet hits from Kraft and Mayo

MANSFIELD — With all of the discussion around helmet-to-helmet hits today, here are a few more comments to throw into the mix.

We caught up with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, linebacker Jerod Mayo and former Patriots linebacker Andre Tippett at Shaw’s Supermarket in Mansfield today as they were helping promote the Patriots Kid’s Cafe Fundraising Kickoff.The event is in its fourth year and has raised more than $1.1 million toward feeding hungry children.

Kraft didn’t comment specifically about Brandon Meriweather’s hit, but he said that he supports player safety.

“I’m passionate about the game of football and the last thing we want to do is see anyone get injured playing here,” Kraft said. “Helmet-to-helmet contact is probably something we can do without and I’m glad the league (is taking) a strong stance. It’s a physical game but we don’t want to see anyone get hurt permanently.”

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Mayo made the initial tackle on Todd Heap that was followed by Brandon Meriweather’s controversial hit.

“Sometimes, it’s hard to avoid hits like that so it will be interesting to see how they judge those kind of hits, Brandon hit him helmet-to-helmet and those cause injuries, so they have to uphold the game.”