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Report: NFL weighing discipline for Brandon Meriweather

Brandon Meriweather AP

Early on Monday, we shared a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN that the NFL was considering a suspension for Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson after he picked up his 15th personal foul since 2010 on a helmet-to-helmet hit on Saints running back Darren Sproles.

Goldson wasn’t the only safety with a track record of disregard for the league’s rules about hitting players high guilty of such an infraction on Sunday and, according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, he’s not the only one who could be facing discipline from the league. Jones reports that Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather has come under scrutiny for twice using the crown of his helmet to deliver blows to Packers running backs Eddie Lacy (who suffered a concussion) and James Starks (on a hit that left Meriweather with his own concussion).

Per Jones, it is not yet clear if a suspension is a possibility or if the league is going to impose a fine. Meriweather was fined nearly $100,000 for three infractions over the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that he thought Meriweather’s second hit was legal, but that the film he watched of the first hit made it hard to tell whether Meriweather had crossed the line. He also said he didn’t expect to have an update on the safety’s condition until Wednesday.

 

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  1. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 16, 2013 6:04 PM

    Put him, Suh, and Jared Allen on an island and make them kill each other for our amusement.

    Just kidding.

    Suspend him the rest of the year.

  2. jakec4 says: Sep 16, 2013 6:06 PM

    If they won’t do anything about Suh (suspension wise) how can they fairly do anything about anybody else?

  3. rg3andthensome says: Sep 16, 2013 6:06 PM

    Glass Joe….But a difference maker in an sea of poor DBs….Get back to playing Brandon….

    The quarter per year that you do shows us what you could do the following year!

  4. zoellner25 says: Sep 16, 2013 6:08 PM

    He needs a minimum 8 game vacation. Headhunters deserve the worst

  5. uwsptke says: Sep 16, 2013 6:08 PM

    Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that he thought Meriweather’s second hit was legal, but that the film he watched of the first hit made it hard to tell whether Meriweather had crossed the line.

    It’s never ok to lead with your helmet. Never. He did it both times. I can give him somewhat of a break on the second one, but I don’t see how any sane, reasonable person would look at the film from the first hit and walk away with any sort of questions on the legality.

  6. thehelmutt says: Sep 16, 2013 6:09 PM

    Baseball bat to the head??

  7. wearethesteelers says: Sep 16, 2013 6:10 PM

    Go Steelers!

  8. ninjapleazee says: Sep 16, 2013 6:12 PM

    Redskins lol

  9. pecosbob says: Sep 16, 2013 6:12 PM

    Bernard Pollard needs to be added to this list.

  10. j0esixpack says: Sep 16, 2013 6:12 PM

    Man, who’d have thought Merriweather would be a dirty player.

    Didn’t see THAT coming.

  11. r8rsfan says: Sep 16, 2013 6:12 PM

    Teflon Mike doesn’t have to admit anything. Coach Kevlar.

  12. irishgary says: Sep 16, 2013 6:13 PM

    If he is not suspended, then lets all forget about penalties for leading with the corwn of the helmet.

    Both hits were flagrant.

    I don’t like to see any player hurt, but he deserved a concussion.

  13. wipackman1265 says: Sep 16, 2013 6:14 PM

    Both shots were malicious head shots….. 100,000.00. And 10 games

  14. mn1288 says: Sep 16, 2013 6:14 PM

    First hit was garbage, plain and simple. Never enjoy seeing hurt players, but I had zero sympathy when he went down on the second one…wrap up like a man when you tackle. Wonder if things will now sink into his thick skull with a lighter wallet and fuzzy head the next few days.

  15. sabatimus says: Sep 16, 2013 6:17 PM

    4 games minimum, plus $100,000 fine. After he comes back from being concussed.

  16. rikker12 says: Sep 16, 2013 6:18 PM

    I wonder what Harbaugh would say if that was Gore, Meriweather hit!!??

  17. damnsureis says: Sep 16, 2013 6:18 PM

    I’ve watched him play on the Pats. In his defense 9 out of 10 times he completely misses the runner.

  18. vikescry1 says: Sep 16, 2013 6:19 PM

    Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that he thought Meriweather’s second hit was legal, but that the film he watched of the first hit made it hard to tell whether Meriweather had crossed the line. He also said he didn’t expect to have an update on the safety’s condition until Wednesday. —————————————————————————————————————————————————— so what film does he watch that he couldn’t get a good view of the hit? it’s football, no complaining but man up and be honest. turd…

  19. papacrick says: Sep 16, 2013 6:21 PM

    This has nothing to do with Suh. He hasn’t caused injury to anyone whereas this fella did. Expect a suspension

  20. jayovalentine says: Sep 16, 2013 6:22 PM

    Suspend him the rest of the season !
    Signed,
    Die Hard Redskins fan !

  21. oldguardof60s says: Sep 16, 2013 6:22 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:
    Sep 16, 2013 6:04 PM
    Put him, Suh, and Jared Allen on an island and make them kill each other for our amusement.

    ———————————————-
    The reason you put Jared Allen in there is you’re a Packah fan. I think you ment Clay Matthews.

  22. tedmurph says: Sep 16, 2013 6:23 PM

    Knocking yourself out on a helmet to helmet hit should be a double fine.

    Something has got to be done about him and Pollard. It’s been too many times. Either they’re just not getting it or the penalty isn’t severe enough and they don’t care.

  23. purplekoolaid1 says: Sep 16, 2013 6:24 PM

    He will stop doing this now since he got a concussion of his own. Not because of a fine and/or suspension. Too easy.

  24. ahs2 says: Sep 16, 2013 6:25 PM

    yeah, compare he and Goldson to Suh because you know, Suh’s illegal block (as of this season) is comparable to these guy’s actions. SMH, you people need new material.

  25. thesportsguy52 says: Sep 16, 2013 6:26 PM

    This chump deserves four games, minimum. Back when he was a Patriot, he jumped off of his feet into the air just to uppercut Todd Heap’s facemask with his helmet. He was suspended 1 game and didn’t learn then. Time to go.

    And tell me it wasn’t sweet to see Starks truck him in the jaw like that. Only punks let Starks truck them.

  26. timbuttrum says: Sep 16, 2013 6:27 PM

    As a Skins fan, I believe you gotta suspend him. Both were cheap hits. I learned in pop warner never to lead with the crown of the helmet and to always see what you hit.

  27. wryly1 says: Sep 16, 2013 6:27 PM

    A concussion won’t knock any sense into Meriweather – who had none to begin with. Have watched as much NFL as I can my entire life and can honestly say that when he knocked himself out while trying to knock someone else out, it was the first time I ever said “good’ when a player got hurt.

  28. commonsensedude says: Sep 16, 2013 6:29 PM

    It seems like Meriwether basically suspended himself by knocking himself out the game.

    I watched the game again last night. There was another attempted tackle by Merriweather in which he led by the helmet other than the two mentioned here. Just like most of our Washington defensive players only know how to tackle by diving for the ball carriers feet, Merriweather only knows how to tackle with his helmet.

  29. peytonsneck18 says: Sep 16, 2013 6:29 PM

    isnt playing for the redskins punishment enough?

  30. grumpyoleman says: Sep 16, 2013 6:31 PM

    Suh has never injured anyone short or long term, that’s the difference.

  31. bordner says: Sep 16, 2013 6:32 PM

    sabatimus says:
    Sep 16, 2013 6:17 PM

    4 games minimum, plus $100,000 fine. After he comes back from being concussed.
    —————————————-
    Good point. If they do suspend him – what’s to stop the Redskins from saying that he was good to go next week and count that as one of his suspension games, even if he wouldn’t have normally played due to his concussion?

    I can see Shanahan trying to pull something like that. I’m sure his seat’s already warming up, even though we’re only two games into the season.

  32. primetime0552 says: Sep 16, 2013 6:32 PM

    Why are half the comments about Suh? Don’t you people realize that both defensive players have more of a history than Suh? Meriweather has always been a headhunter and Goldson had more personal fouls/fines just last season than Suh had his entire career………

  33. axespray says: Sep 16, 2013 6:32 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:
    Sep 16, 2013 6:04 PM
    “Put him, Suh, and Jared Allen on an island and make them kill each other for our amusement.”
    ———————-
    Jared Allen and Suh in a “We gotta fight monsters” riddick type of movie would be sort of cool.

  34. dontbuttslapyourlawyer says: Sep 16, 2013 6:33 PM

    I remember this guy did the same thing to Todd Heap across the middle of the field. It was vicious. I think after multiple occasions and years of seeing this from this guy we can assume we’re beyond establishing his ” intent”…..

    He’s gonna be out a game or two with his own concussion so I’d sit him the rest of the year. See if he figures out that his style of play isn’t cool on any level.

  35. jimbobobjr says: Sep 16, 2013 6:33 PM

    There will be fines and/or suspensions coming not only for this scumbag but for others who continue to lead with their helmets. But, sadly, it’s not because Roger cares for player safety. He’ll just do anything to avoid getting sued again. As I’ve tried to say before (PFT deleted my comment), if the concussion lawsuit included knee injuries then low chop blocks would have already been banned along with helmet shots.

  36. raider8er says: Sep 16, 2013 6:33 PM

    Merriweather makes everybody look bad. From players to coaches to us fans.

    He deliberately uses his head to spear an opponents head(s). That is sickening.

    4 games at least.

  37. cheapglazers says: Sep 16, 2013 6:33 PM

    They will suspend Dashon Goldson and Ahmad Black for their headshots for sure. The former Big East Rutgers Coach Schiano encourages them to injure players and he doesn’t get fined or suspended.

  38. beavertonsteve says: Sep 16, 2013 6:33 PM

    I say make him on his back semi-concious while Packers players laugh at his stupidity. Oh wait…

  39. ricardocabeza says: Sep 16, 2013 6:38 PM

    Make it easy on everyone, mandatory retirement. Merriweather keeps his meager, ill deserved fortune and his opponents can spell in twenty years.

  40. wafflestomp says: Sep 16, 2013 6:40 PM

    They won’t suspend him.
    More likely a small to medium fine.

    Usually I hate singling out defenders on the way they hit. The game has become so fast, that legislating it into the ground seems pointless.

    But Meriweather does have an extensive history for trying to take knockout shots with the crown of his helmet and I do believe that was his intent on Sunday against the Pack.

    Proving intent is a slippery slope though, but I honestly think you have to make an example out of these habitual offenders.

    NFL, the ball is in your court.

  41. mrsmell says: Sep 16, 2013 6:42 PM

    Lacy got knocked out cold that first hit. His body motion told he completely blacked out and stiffened. The hit Merriweather did was dead wrong. It was like the Simpsons show where Free Willy tries to jump over the landbridge and splat, there goes Jesse.

  42. whatjusthapped says: Sep 16, 2013 6:43 PM

    I lost what little respect I had for Mike Shanahan when he attempts to spin it as, “hard to tell whether Meriweather had crossed the line”.

    When a coach is incapable of distinguishing a penalty, he is as much of a problem as the player. That’s the basic problem in Detroit, the coach does nothing to stop the cheap shots so they just continue.

    I hope they fine Meriweather $100K, suspend him and his paychecks for 4 games and threaten to end his season the next time he tries that crap.

    It will soon be over for Horse-Face in DC. That team is terrible and can’t defense the pass and without Meriweather, it will be even worse. 4-12 sounds about right.

  43. mrturophile says: Sep 16, 2013 6:47 PM

    He’ll probably get suspended a game, like Goldson. He’s also likely to need to miss the next game while he waits for his head to clear. Is he really going to be punished?

  44. jimthebuilder27 says: Sep 16, 2013 6:50 PM

    Dirty player, I feel no sympathy for him for gettig a concussion.

    It’s like the old saying, what goes around comes around.

  45. patriots123456 says: Sep 16, 2013 6:52 PM

    Most of his tackling attempts when he was a Patriot resulted in missing the opponent or taking a teammate out.

    He is terrible..

  46. dicdicvondic says: Sep 16, 2013 6:53 PM

    I hope the league takes drastic action on this dude he’s dirty and dangerous ask Todd Heap. Makes my blood boil just watching this idiot play and when he knocked himself out it was the first time ever that I was glad to see a player hurt.

  47. hscorpio says: Sep 16, 2013 6:54 PM

    timbuttrum says: Sep 16, 2013 6:27 PM

    … I learned in pop warner never to lead with the crown of the helmet and to always see what you hit.
    ===========================

    Not only would this simple advice probably keep defenders free from the worry of fines/suspensions, it would probably make them better tacklers.

  48. psuravens19 says: Sep 16, 2013 6:54 PM

    If Shanahan can’t tell that first hit was illegal when reviewing the tape, it really explains why the Skins are in trouble this year.

  49. rasta028 says: Sep 16, 2013 7:05 PM

    peytonsneck18 says:
    Sep 16, 2013 6:29 PM
    isnt playing for the redskins punishment enough?
    ___________________________________

    How’d your Colts do yesterday?

  50. rasta028 says: Sep 16, 2013 7:06 PM

    Bring back leather helmets, isn’t that what all you pansies want?

  51. mrugly11 says: Sep 16, 2013 7:19 PM

    “Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that he thought Meriweather’s second hit was legal, but that the film he watched of the first hit made it hard to tell whether Meriweather had crossed the line.”

    He also said “we’ve got the ability to do everything we did last year” when asked if team is avoiding zone read with RG3.

    The guy is delusional.

  52. packhawk04 says: Sep 16, 2013 7:24 PM

    You idiot viking fans need to understand something… thats the first time clay matthews has been fined, and outside of being late, there was nothing wrong with it. The next time you want to talk smack about matthews, remember that jared allen has injured four (thats 4) quarterbacks in his career with dives at the knee. He did it three times to matt schaub, finally succeeding in injuring his knee the third time, all in the same game.

  53. doall24 says: Sep 16, 2013 7:26 PM

    what a joke. the fact that the league is “looking” at meriweather is a farce. my message to roger goodell, grow a pair or shut up. i wouldn’t believe another word about “player safety”. my advice, turn the NFL into another XFL and let everything go, because you don’t stick to the rules, and you can’t even interpret your own rules. what a joke.

  54. photoguy13 says: Sep 16, 2013 7:32 PM

    The league should delay implementation of the penalty until Meriweather is declared active for a game, then on game day, lay down a $100,000 fine and a four game suspension.

  55. thebirdofprey says: Sep 16, 2013 7:40 PM

    I remember him in NE. Head hunter who somehow got voted to Pro Bowl even though he couldn’t cover anybody and gave up huge plays in passing game. The dudes doesn’t even wrap up, always looking for the “kill shot” with the crown of his helmet, once he hurt Green Bay RB and the other he KO himself. Goldson at least made plays on the ball and tried turning his head and leading with shoulder.

  56. edavidberg says: Sep 16, 2013 7:46 PM

    A Houston db also speared a Tennessee receiver on Saturday. I think guys jumping into people and leading with the crown of the helmet need to be given a huge fine for a first offense and a suspension for a second and any thereafter. If you are still doing that then you aren’t even trying.

  57. kingpel says: Sep 16, 2013 7:52 PM

    Meriweather does realize that head injuries can cause brain damage doesn’t he? Has the league done an adequate job informing him of this. We don’t want a lawsuit down the road when this clown is drooling on himself and broke.

  58. derek1800 says: Sep 16, 2013 7:52 PM

    Jared Allen took a really dirty shot in the back of Nate Burleson this year after a turnover. I am surprised it got no attention because I thought it was worse than SUHs cheap shot in the same game. Jared Allen also ended a Bears OLineman last year.

    That guy is super dirty yet he is the first to complain. I wish the media would start calling out Jared Allen as Dirty along w these guys.

  59. packman331 says: Sep 16, 2013 7:53 PM

    Watch the tape. After the Lacy hit, which was a 10 yard run for a first down, Merriweather celebrates the hit. Shows intent to me.

    There is a certain amount of respect for the game and for the opponent that is necessary He has none. He is a disgrace.

    He should be suspended for 8 games and expelled the next time.

    Tell your story walking Brandon.

  60. sdsockers says: Sep 16, 2013 7:58 PM

    Brandon’s 2013 salary is $1.2 million. May I suggest a newer, innovative method of persuasion for people like him? Suspend him for 2 games, without pay, with the warning that the suspension length will double if he’s suspended for the same offence again.
    But, when he’s suspended, the team is not allowed to replace him on the roster. The team will have to play 1 man short on their 53-man roster, and also their active game roster. This will hugely impact the team, and will more than likely get the head coach, the GM, and possibly the team owner involved. If THAT doesn’t get a repeat offender to change their ways, nothing will.

  61. anarchopurplism says: Sep 16, 2013 8:01 PM

    Let these warriors play like men & hit each other as they wish so they can sue the league like gold-digging chicks later!

  62. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 16, 2013 8:05 PM

    derek1800 says:
    Sep 16, 2013 7:52 PM
    Jared Allen took a really dirty shot in the back of Nate Burleson this year after a turnover. I am surprised it got no attention because I thought it was worse than SUHs cheap shot in the same game. Jared Allen also ended a Bears OLineman last year.

    That guy is super dirty yet he is the first to complain. I wish the media would start calling out Jared Allen as Dirty along w these guys.

    —–

    I may not be the media, but I point out this fact whenever possible.

    It’s funny how the purple pansies always condone Jared Allen’s actions but are some of the first to complain about everyone else.

  63. wheezerswin says: Sep 16, 2013 8:13 PM

    Shanahan is such a tool. A clean hit?? Both were flagrant attacks with intent to injure. It’s poetic justice that on the 2nd hit merriweather got knocked the hell out. By the way, Does Shanahan know that just because the team he coaches is called the redskins does not mean that he has to bath in tomato sauce just to make his skin red?

  64. johnnyprc says: Sep 16, 2013 8:43 PM

    I was watching this game (tv) and was shocked that first hit didn’t get a flag – after replay. I know the NFL wants to get away from this type of hit, but it is football and things move quick.

    Seeing Goldson’s hit I think that was lighter than what Brandon did.

  65. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Sep 16, 2013 8:57 PM

    Suspending Merriweather for the year wouldn’t make a difference…

    Hell that means he’d have to stay healthy for an entire season in order for the suspension to actually keep him out of games which is highly unlikely.

  66. trapshoot says: Sep 16, 2013 9:35 PM

    Both were flagrant, the first worse than the second. Poetic justice with Meriweathers getting knocked out by his own illegal hit. Two in one game should warrant a suspension.

  67. commonsensedude says: Sep 16, 2013 10:09 PM

    On a side note, Merriweather has now been inducted into our Circle of Catastrophe. Members of the Circle are recognized for their ability to needlessly injure themselves during important games in the most creative yet bizarre manner. Gus Frerotte is the other member.

  68. nomoreseasontix says: Sep 16, 2013 10:24 PM

    I laughed when he knocked himself silly…

    Classic…

  69. gibson34 says: Sep 16, 2013 10:54 PM

    4skins suck so bad and this guy is horrible anyway so no loss here…..2-14 this horrid franchise will be.

    they blow

  70. vikescry1 says: Sep 16, 2013 10:56 PM

    shanahan = tool

  71. footballchic777 says: Sep 17, 2013 12:33 AM

    There should be NO weighing to it!

  72. thirdistheworrd says: Sep 17, 2013 9:48 AM

    Given that he knocked himself out on the next drive, and, given his track record, he’s probably already out for the rest of the season. And given that he’s played three quarters of football since 2010, probably his career as well. So what exactly is the league weighing? No TV for two weeks? Mara taking some draft picks away?

    (And, yes, I know how dead that joke is, and I sincerely apologize to everyone for dredging it back up)

  73. harrypairotestes says: Sep 17, 2013 3:23 PM

    uwsptke says:

    Sep 16, 2013 6:08 PM
    Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that he thought Meriweather’s second hit was legal, but that the film he watched of the first hit made it hard to tell whether Meriweather had crossed the line.

    It’s never ok to lead with your helmet. Never. He did it both times. I can give him somewhat of a break on the second one, but I don’t see how any sane, reasonable person would look at the film from the first hit and walk away with any sort of questions on the legality.

    ———————————————

    AGREE!!! And a coach trying to rationalize such is just making excuses for his player. Even more so that the replay showed, at every angle, exactly what he was trying to do.

    Fines and suspensions only make sense and are somewhat, effective if the player, or specifically, his pockets, take a substantial hit. Other than that, a $10,000 fine or a couple of games suspension isn’t going to deter someone like Meriweather who’s obviously a dirty player.

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