2023 Week 2

Patriots' Marte Mapu fined for illegal hit on Dolphins WR Jaylen Waddle

Waddle won't play Sunday in Week 3 as a result of the hit.

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New England Patriots rookie linebacker Marte Mapu was penalized 15 yards for an unnecessary roughness penalty late in last Sunday's Week 2 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Mapu went to tackle Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle and made helmet-to-helmet contact. The NFL on Saturday announced it had fined Mapu $5,620 for the hit.

The collision knocked Waddle out of the game, which the Dolphins won 24-17 to drop the Patriots to 0-2.

Waddle battled a concussion this past week and will not play when the Dolphins host the Denver Broncos for a Week 3 matchup Sunday afternoon.

The Patriots play the New York Jets on the road at MetLife Stadium in search of their first win of the 2023 season. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.

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