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I've seen the cheap shot that Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather laid on Ravens tight end Todd Heap in the second quarter of Sunday's loss to the Patriots about a dozen or so times this morning on ESPN.

I've got to say, Heap is one tough dude for returning to the game after that dirty helmet-to-helmet hit, one of a few we saw around the league Sunday.

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Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson destroyed Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (and himself) with a brutal hit in the Eagles' win. Steelers linebacker James Harrison blew up Joshua Cribbs and knocked out Mohamed Massaquoi. Chargers linebacker Kevin Burnett drilled Rams quarterback Sam Bradford with a borderline hit.

This was a major storyline on national websites Monday morning. Sports Illustrated's Peter King led with the vicious hits in his "Monday Morning Quarterback" column. In this blog post, ESPN's John Clayton called Sunday "scary." Mike Pereira, formerly the NFL's Vice President of Officiating, wrote about the increasing number of helmet-to-helmet hits in his column for FOX Sports

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It's going to take more than just fines to police these kinds of hits.

Credit Heap for his toughness. Thankfully, he survived Meriweather's hit with just a shoulder sprain. Jackson, Cribbs and Massaquoi, who left with concussions, weren't as lucky.

"They've been trying to clean that stuff up," said Heap, who wanted to see footage of the hit before passing judgment on to Meriweather.  "Obviously, he got flagged. There's not a lot of room in this game for that."

Here you go, Todd. The hit is up on YouTube:

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