Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather had his two-game suspension for repeated helmet-to-helmet hits reduce to one game. In some ways, the Redskins should be considering this a victory. Head coach Mike Shanahan says that if it were a one-game suspension that had been reduced to a fine, it’d be hard for him to play this week because of the appeals practice.
“Even if he did come back to play this week, it would have been hard for him to come back missing a couple days,” Shanahan said. “It’s not the ideal system right now, but it is what it is and we’ll deal with it.”
“It’s going to take a few days to look at it and go through the process,” Shanahan said, via ESPN. “To not be in the facility for two or three days, then find out on a Thursday or possibly a Friday that he could play, he would miss all that work, all that preparation so it would be hard for him to play anyhow. It’s something I’m sure we’ll talk about in the offseason, but it is tough for any team to lose anybody. But as you go through an appeal, the earliest you can come back is Thursday and you’ve already missed a couple days of preparation.”
Shanahan has a point. There has to be a way to streamline it.