FOXBOROUGH — Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork spoke today about his meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell yesterday to discuss the Patriots defensive lineman’s style of play, which has led to fines in the past, and a possible suspension, stemming from an elbow to the head of Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler.
As colleague Mike Reiss reported and as was first reported by the website profootballtalk.com, Wilfork will be not be suspended by Goodell. Wilfork called the meeting productive, but could not say definitively that he would not be fined for the elbow on Cutler.
“I have no idea. I’m still waiting. I walked out pretty happy and satisfied with how it went,” said Wilfork.
Wilfork had been fined four times since last season. Most recently, the NFL Network reported that Broncos coaches sent film to the NFL from the Oct. 20 game showing Wilfork elbowing quarterback Jay Cutler after a play.
Here is a transcript of the rest of the session with Wilfork:
How was the meeting?
“The meeting was productive. I think both sides were happy. I got a chance for him to hear my side of my story and how I approach the game. I got a chance to hear what he had to say about the whole situation of my past history and playing football and all that good stuff. I think we both left pretty happy.”
Do you expect to be fined or suspended?
“I have no idea. I’m still waiting. I walked out pretty happy and satisfied with how it went.”
Did he give you an idea of when it could go down?
“Sometime this week. I don’t know. I’m just waiting. When you guys find out I’ll find out. I mean it [was] very productive. [He] got a chance to get to know me as a person and as a player also, so we’ll see. But at the same time I’m very happy that I got a chance to sit down and have a one-on-one with him. I’m pretty sure there are a lot of things he learned about me, and I learned about him. We’ll go forward from here.”
Do you rethink your style of play?
“I play hard, and that’s one thing I stressed to him — I’m very passionate about the game. Sometimes it might be too hard, and I told him that. We’ll go from here. I told him I’ll try to change my style up a little bit, and hopefully, get a better slate. But right now, I got a pretty bad one out there. We hit some areas that needed to be touched on from his standpoint and my standpoint. We both listened to each other, and I think that was the main thing.”
What points did he make?
“How hard I play, and at times it’s at the end of the play when things happen. At the end of the play taper down a little, but in between the whistle I’m fine.”
There are reports you’ll avoid a suspension. Do you feel good about that?
“I feel good about the how situation with how we approached and the end result. I just had a good feeling, so hopefully, that’s the case.”
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