Bears safety Brandon Meriweather has been hit in the paycheck once again for an illegal hit to the head on the field. And he may soon be summoned to the principal’s office.
The NFL has fined Meriweather $25,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Nate Burleson in Monday night’s loss to the Lions. Meriweather was fined $20,000 for an illegal hit last week and fined $50,000 (later reduced on appeal to $40,000) for an illegal hit last season.
The fact that Meriweather keeps getting fined is an indication that he’s not learning his lesson, and so the NFL might call him to the league office to explain himself. Peter King reported on NBC Sports Talk that NFL Executive V.P. for Football Operations Ray Anderson has become disturbed by Meriweather’s style of play, and that Meriweather may be required to have a face-to-face meeting with league officials about the matter.
At the same time, the Bears’ coaches have become disturbed by Meriweather’s quality of play, and as a result he’s been removed from the starting lineup. Meriweather may not get many more opportunities to make any more illegal hits — or any legal hits, either.