Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 1/26/13
Bernard Pollard may be headed to the Super Bowl with another Patriots pelt on his list of hard hits, but he’ll also face a fine this time after a review of his play in the AFC Championship Game. Pollard decked Patriots running back Stevan Ridley in Sunday’s game, forcing a fumble and further entrenching himself as a Patriots killer. (He was also responsible for the knee injury that sidelined Tom Brady for a year, the season-ending ACL injury to Wes Welker and the ankle injury that limited Rob Gronkowski in last year’s Super Bowl.) Now Pollard is paying — but it’s not for the Ridley hit. Instead, Pollard will have to give up $15,250 for a hit on Welker that also incurred a 15-yard penalty in Sunday’s game, according to Pro Football Talk. It’s little justice for Patriots fans, who would gladly pay the fine in exchange for a Super Bowl berth — or having Ridley keep possession on that other play. But it has to count for something that Pollard finally has to cough over some cash after decimating New England.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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