Posted October 22, 2013

Brandon Meriweather appeals two-game suspension

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Brandon Meriweather will have an expedited hearing on Wednesday to appeal the two-game suspension he received on Monday from the NFL. (The Washington Post/Getty Images)

Brandon Meriweather will have an expedited hearing on Wednesday to appeal the two-game suspension he received on Monday from the NFL. (The Washington Post/Getty Images)

Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather has appealed the two-game suspension handed down to him by the NFL on Monday for repeated violations regarding hits to opposing players.

According to the report Tuesday afternoon from Tom Pelissero of USA Today Sports, the two-time Pro Bowler will have an expedited hearing on Wednesday. If he is unsuccessful in his attempt to appeal the two-game suspension, he will miss the Redskins’ game on Sunday in Denver against the Broncos and the Nov. 3 matchup at home vs. the San Diego Chargers.

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The league announced on Monday that it was suspending the 29-year-old Meriweather for repeated hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players. Most recently, he was flagged in Sunday’s 45-41 win over the Bears for helmet-to-helmet hits on receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey. After a Week 2 loss to the Green Bay Packers, Meriweather was fined $42,000 for an illegal hit on Packers running back Eddie Lacy, which resulted in a concussion for Lacy.

Meriweather’s base salary this season is $1.2 million, so if the appeal fails, he will effectively lose $141,176 for having to sit out the Broncos and Chargers games.

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7 comments
mbroncofan
mbroncofan

No where near enough.  He could permanently cripple someone...or worse.  If he can't control himself any better than that, then he needs to be gone until he can...if ever.  

This is Shanahan's fault as much as anyone's.  Control the guy Mike!  Take some responsibility for the actions of the players you put on the field!

gusCOYS
gusCOYS

The guy is a thug in a league which no longer values these type of hits.  IMHO these are every bit as punishable as Su's hits (more so if you look at his fine for the hit on Wheedon).  The ban should stand, and like Su he has to realize his history affords him no leeway whatsoever in the future

kj4027
kj4027

They should suspend him for wearing braids and hair extensions. Why do these guys suddenly think it's cool to start wearing "mops" on their heads?

SPHeroid
SPHeroid

I hope they uphold the suspension....

And put this guy on a very short leash....

MartinStoufer
MartinStoufer

Ultimately it should come down to simple $$$'s for the NFL. How much money will they loose by banning these types of players as opposed to how much from the shortened careers and  later lawsuits, medical payout for those they caused irreparable bodily damage.


I can only imagine the NFL's response if the opposing player was a marque QB or pivotal franchise player.

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

Two games? And people wonder if the NFL is taking the concussion problem seriously. This thug deserves an ARod length suspension. 

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

After further review...he should be suspended five games.