Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather has been suspended for two games due to repeat violations of the player safety rules, this season, according to a statement released by the NFL. In particular they note his repeated hits to the head and neck are of defenseless players, including two from Sunday’s win over the Chicago Bears.
In the third quarter, Meriweather was penalized for unnecessary roughness following a helmet-to-helmet hit, and again in the fourth quarter for a hit to the head and neck area. Earlier this season, against the Green Bay Packers, Meriweather was fined $42,000 for an illegal hit with the crown of his helmet to a runner. That was the hit that gave Packers running back Eddie Lacy a concussion.
Chicago Bears wide receiver even suggested that he should be suspended or kicked out of football all together.
“I respect the league trying to better our game,” Marshall said, ESPN. “Guys like that, maybe he needs to get suspended or taken out of the game completely.”
The suspension was imposed by NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks, according to the statement. Meriweather can appeal the suspension and have the hearing expedited to try and get a ruling before Sunday’s game. Others have had suspensions turned into fines.
If his suspension isn’t overturned he will miss games against the Denver Broncos and the San Diego Chargers and would be reinstated on Monday, November 4th.