Brandon Meriweather Suspended 2 Games
The NFL announced Monday that Washington Redskins SS Brandon Meriweather has been suspended for two games. As NFL.com’s Dan Hanzus reported, Meriweather’s hard-hitting reputation and inability to change his style of play led to the league taking action.
Meriweather was flagged twice during Sunday’s game for illegal hits. He had already been fined $42,000 earlier in the season for a helmet-to-helmet hit. This is yet another example of the NFL being willing to escalate penalties and take players off the field if necessary in order to increase player safety on game day.
Meriweather will be forced to sit out against the Denver Broncos and the San Diego Chargers before being able to return to the practice field Nov. 4. The two games will cost Meriweather $141,176 in game checks, bringing his season total to $183,176.
Following Sunday’s loss, Bears WR Brandon Marshall, a recipient of one of Meriweather’s illegal hits, voiced his opinion and called for Meriweather to be suspended or kicked out of the league entirely.
The NFL is clearly making an example of Meriweather, and if he doesn’t get the message loud and clear now, the next level of punishment could be much more severe.