Posted October 21, 2013

Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather suspended 2 games for illegal hits

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Brandon Meriweather was suspended two games by the NFL for illegal hits. (Ray K. Saunders/The Washington Post)

Brandon Meriweather was suspended two games by the NFL for illegal hits. (Ray K. Saunders/The Washington Post)

The NFL suspended Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather for two games without pay for repeat violations this season of the league’s safety rules, the NFL announced.

The NFL considers Meriweather a repeat offender, and he was flagged twice in the Redskins 45-41 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

He will miss this weekend’s game against the Denver Broncos and a Nov. 3 contest against the San Diego Chargers.

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Meriweather was fined $50,000 for multiple hits on Baltimore Ravens tight end Todd Heap during a 2010 game, then was fined another $45,000 in fines in 2011.

“I feel like every hit that I took was a legit hit,” Meriweather said, via the Washington Post. “I wasn’t trying to be dirty. I wasn’t trying to hurt nobody. I didn’t launch with my head. I used my shoulder like they told me to do. Everything I did was a pointer from them (league officials). … You’ve just got to play. There ain’t nothing I can do about it. I just go out there and play.”

Earlier this season, he got tagged with a $42,000 fine for knocking out Packers running back Eddie Lacy with a helmet-to-helmet hit.


22 comments
bhtcld
bhtcld

Mike Wilbon said it best, he's either the dumbest or dirtiest player in the league..

Jafari
Jafari

You can't avoid hitting with your helmet if you hit and wrap up the way you're taught to tackle with proper technique. What if a running back lowers his head in anticipation of a hit?

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

“I feel like every hit that I took was a legit hit, I wasn’t trying to be dirty. I wasn’t trying to hurt nobody.” 

The guy seems incapable of learning. The next suspension (and we all know there will be one) should be for an entire season. Then two seasons.  Then life. And he still will not learn.

Joe R2
Joe R2

The NFL did the Foreskins a favor.  This guy is terrible

RaySexauer
RaySexauer

Should have been suspended for the year. 

splooz
splooz

The NFL, as consistent as a post-Taco Bell bowel movement.  

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

@Jafari If a running back lowers his head then refs are supposed to use judgment, or even flag the running back.

But that's not what is happening with Merriweather, ever.  He's not form tackling, he's not tackling low, hes not "leading with the shoulder" as he claims.  The first contact he's making is his helmet against the helmet of another player, often a receiver in the process of making a catch, 

BillPeterson
BillPeterson

@Rickapolis I'll buy Wilbon's statement that this guy is either the dumbest dude in the league or the dirtiest player, or a combination of both. 

docbrock
docbrock

@KeithKoloff @RaySexauer I'm a chiropractor and wouldn't let my kid play if I had one, but KeithKoloff is right.  They'll be wearing fuc%ing  tutus in a couple of seasons with pink flags to tackle.  I watched that game and those were definitely NOT blatant head shots.

Like he said, he lowered his should and tackled.  Sometimes, hell, most times, it's the runner who lowers his head.


BillPeterson
BillPeterson

@KeithKoloff What a man you are. Go ask the retired players who don't have normal brain function anymore to pull their thongs up. Better yet, talk to their wives and kids. Moron. 

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

@docbrock @KeithKoloff @RaySexauer 


Uh, what?  Those weren't blatant head shots?  He's leading with his head up high, aiming directly into the earhole of a receiver and that's not a blatant head shot?

What would be a blatant head shot then?  Does he need to hold up a sign saying "This one is going to be a head shot?"  Does he need to hit him in the head with a brick?

If he had lowered his head against Jeffery, he would have hit him in the stomach, not the head, because Jeffery was completely upright and running in a straight line.  If he had led with his shoulder, the first contact would have been shoulder to shoulder, or shoulder to chest, but it was head to head.