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Brandon Meriweather suspended two games

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Reports after Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather had two more illegal hits on Sunday against the Bears indicated that Meriweather could face a suspension for frequently breaking the league’s rules.

Those reports have proven prescient. The league has announced in a statement that Meriweather has been suspended two games ” for repeat violations this season of NFL safety rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players.”

The penalty can be appealed within three days and an expedited hearing would be heard with either Ted Cottrell or Matt Birk in time to clarify Meriweather’s status for Week Eight. Birk reportedly heard Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldon’s appeal of a one-game suspension for similar offenses earlier this season and overturned the penalty.

Meriweather was previously fined $42,000 for a hit using the top of the helmet against Packers running back Eddie Lacy in the second week of the season.

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68 Responses to “Brandon Meriweather suspended two games”
  1. GBwomenrhot says: Oct 21, 2013 6:03 PM

    Both the Patriots and Bears let him go for such antics….

  2. atleastimnotaraidersfan says: Oct 21, 2013 6:03 PM

    Something tells me he’ll be too stupid to learn from this.

  3. frank433 says: Oct 21, 2013 6:04 PM

    Thats neat, but WHY ISN’T SUH SUSPENDED?!?!?!?!

  4. dcfan999 says: Oct 21, 2013 6:04 PM

    He will probably appeal and get it reduced to one game

  5. logicalvoicesays says: Oct 21, 2013 6:04 PM

    Roger Goodell screwing over the Redskins? NO WAY. #BiasedCommishhatesDanSnyder

  6. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Oct 21, 2013 6:06 PM

    Addition by subtraction.

  7. ingraven says: Oct 21, 2013 6:06 PM

    do the crime. do the time

  8. jrebar88 says: Oct 21, 2013 6:06 PM

    Yes! No cheap shots against my Broncos this weekend from him.

  9. wethog66 says: Oct 21, 2013 6:07 PM

    2 games is the least he should of gotten, and I am a Skins fan.

    Merriweather is a dirty player. I will be happy when he no longer is a Washington Redskin.

  10. helloanybodyhome says: Oct 21, 2013 6:08 PM

    Suh may want to take notice.

  11. rhamrhoddy says: Oct 21, 2013 6:08 PM

    Good. And next time make it 4 games

  12. offroger76 says: Oct 21, 2013 6:11 PM

    I heard Suh is jealous…

  13. patriots123456 says: Oct 21, 2013 6:12 PM

    It’s about time.

  14. damayan5 says: Oct 21, 2013 6:14 PM

    Goldon’s hit was a little questionable and not as blatant as Meriweather’s. I don’t think his appeal will do anything. As it shouldnt he is doing exactly what they want to avoid.

  15. beavertonsteve says: Oct 21, 2013 6:16 PM

    I wonder how Marshall and Jeffery will feel when their players asscociation files a grievance over the 2 game suspension.

  16. jwcarlson says: Oct 21, 2013 6:17 PM

    I have been waiting for this news to break all day. Meriweather is looking to end peoples’ careers with the way he’s playing.

    Bring back leather helmets and tackling.

  17. the3taveren says: Oct 21, 2013 6:17 PM

    I understand that this is a “life time achievement award” but the good on Sunday weren’t that blatant, well alter the first one wasn’t. On the first hit he hit Marshall after Marshall got two feet down (no longer defenseless) and he lead with his shoulder hitting Marshall in his chest. The hit was hard and their helmets collided. The second hit was just late.

  18. glenuendo says: Oct 21, 2013 6:17 PM

    I’m a ‘skins fan and this sucks. He deserved the suspension but that still hurts the team. He does help a defense that is allows way to many points. To bad he can’t learn from fines.

  19. lambeauphan says: Oct 21, 2013 6:19 PM

    kick him out of the league

  20. bigbenh8tr says: Oct 21, 2013 6:27 PM

    Logicalvoice being upset only proves he knows less than john snow about his own team.

    That secondary will miss fewer tackles w that headhunter out. Not that they have a chance of staying within 21 of the broncos though.

    Rg3eet von miller. Guy can easily chase you down this season w the brace

  21. nflinsider711 says: Oct 21, 2013 6:28 PM

    The NFL needs to get rid of helmets completely it seems like they do more harm than good nowadays.

  22. jimthebuilder27 says: Oct 21, 2013 6:32 PM

    I’m sure Goodell hates that Shanahan and Haslet haven’t held this guy responsible for his helmet to helmet hits.

  23. wryly1 says: Oct 21, 2013 6:32 PM

    Earned and deserved. Long overdue. That said, I would propose an alternative way to repeat deal with repeat offenders: We won’t fine or suspend you – we’ll just take away your own helmet. You wanna play that way – fine – play without a helmet. If they decline, they are suspended without pay.

  24. steelersaregodsteam says: Oct 21, 2013 6:33 PM

    Meanwhile, The Steelers continue to get better and build strength, marching towards a seventh world title.

  25. moeman79 says: Oct 21, 2013 6:36 PM

    I remember this clowns short stint with the Bears, it seemed he never even attempted to tackle anyone. His hands were always at his side or behind him has he thrusted his head at the defender. Lovie Smith didn’t put up with that crap and they got ride of him after a season. I think alot of the new safety rules suck, but this dude is one of the reasons they made them. He should be suspended for the year.

  26. blueberrymuffin11 says: Oct 21, 2013 6:38 PM

    They suspend everyone except Suh. Why us that?? I don’t get it.

  27. tinbender2000 says: Oct 21, 2013 6:39 PM

    It’s too bad logical doesn’t know the first thing about football. If he could at least recognize that this clown doesn’t belong in the NFL like his fellow Redskin fans (and everyone else) does, at least he wouldn’t be quite so annoying.

  28. logicalvoicessay says: Oct 21, 2013 6:39 PM

    should be the whole season

  29. daytonaken says: Oct 21, 2013 6:41 PM

    Honest question: Does Shanahan, and/or the team residing in Washington bear any responsibility? Wacking ($) the owners would cement my doubts that the league is seriously interested in reducing head injures and not focusing on limiting future legal expenses.

  30. primetime0552 says: Oct 21, 2013 6:42 PM

    As he should be. people love to make Suh out to be the dirtiest players. he has never hurt anyone though. Merriweather makes it a point to target players head and has hurt many people in his career. If anyone should be suspended for dirty play, it is definitely Merriweather. His teams fans won’t even defend this clown.

  31. humb0lt says: Oct 21, 2013 6:43 PM

    He sucks anyway.

  32. theskinsman says: Oct 21, 2013 6:43 PM

    Too bad this guy doesn’t get playing out of control isn’t worth it.

  33. obmig says: Oct 21, 2013 6:43 PM

    He doesn’t help when he’s on the field, and because he’s so reckless he is rarely on the field. Don’t know why they didn’t just ban him.

  34. baddegg says: Oct 21, 2013 6:49 PM

    Merriweather is reckless in his hits and the suspension is warranted.

    What is not warrented is the fact that the league refuses to suspend guys like Suh or others who try to hurt their opponents.

    It’s this uneven application of the rules that is the problem, not the rules themselves.

  35. peopletrains says: Oct 21, 2013 6:51 PM

    Should have kicked his ass out of the league. He’s worthless.

  36. kwickett85 says: Oct 21, 2013 6:55 PM

    As a Skins fan I wish they would have suspended him the whole season. It’s like he’s trying to be Sean Taylor or something. He followed behind Taylor in college in Miami and then he comes to the Skins a few years later. The only thing is he ISN’T ANYTHING CLOSE to what Taylor was. Taylor would get it your face and hit hard but it always seemed like he would go for the mid section or chest. Taylor would actually make tackles and big plays. A once in an era Safety and seeing Meriweather play like a scrub really makes me miss ST. I’m surprised Meriweather hasn’t hurt himself yet considering how fragile he’s been in the past.

  37. burgundyskins says: Oct 21, 2013 6:56 PM

    Even as a Skins fan I can easily admit that Merriweather is absolutely a dirty player and in a vacuum, I am totally okay with this suspension fitting the crime. However, as you look outside this vacuum for precedent on how these types of acts have been handled in the past, it does not equal to the punishment handled to other habitual offenders.

    Not saying the league is out to “get” the Redskins but some consistency in this aspect (and many others) would go a long way into cleaning up this type of activity in my opinion.

  38. iceburgskin202 says: Oct 21, 2013 7:03 PM

    As a Skins fan I say drop the bum he kept 2 drives alive with dumb penalties!! Our D needs help but hard penalty drawing hits is not it !!!! HTTR!!!

  39. fearthehoody says: Oct 21, 2013 7:08 PM

    People are soft

  40. FlyFromTheInside says: Oct 21, 2013 7:11 PM

    It will be reduced to 1 game, maybe just a fine. After Goldson’s appeal was granted, this was set.

  41. seatownballers says: Oct 21, 2013 7:14 PM

    Redskins defense just got worse

  42. dlr4skins says: Oct 21, 2013 7:20 PM

    Stricken by the Goodell agenda yet again.

    Maybe the PC police are correct, honoring native warriors by the paint used on their faces may be turning the players into that savage image they all seem to understand so well.

    Hey Roger, tell me what you would have done with Night Train or Ronnie Lott? I bet those calls would have been made long distance if at all!

    #RogerGoodell,HisLawDegree&BuddiesContinueToRuinThisLeague

    I remember when those hits were marketed heavily on VHS as big hit highlights. The irony of it all……..

  43. sabatimus says: Oct 21, 2013 7:20 PM

    Well, that’s something, but given that Meriweather is a serial offender and has been for years, 8 games would’ve been more on the mark.

  44. camdenyard says: Oct 21, 2013 7:22 PM

    This punk has made a career of headhunting.

  45. granadafan says: Oct 21, 2013 7:32 PM

    primetime0552 says: Oct 21, 2013 6:42 PM
    As he should be. people love to make Suh out to be the dirtiest players. he has never hurt anyone though.”
    ==========================================

    Suh hasn’t hurt anyone, but not through a lack of trying to hurt people. The fines are called PREVENTION. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, and then suspensions are warranted. You don’t wait until someone’s hurt to take action.

  46. boyshole25 says: Oct 21, 2013 7:42 PM

    Addition by subtraction

  47. daclipboard says: Oct 21, 2013 7:50 PM

    hey dummies, suh has been suspended

  48. murraysons says: Oct 21, 2013 7:52 PM

    You think meriweather is stupid now, just wait until his self-inflicted Alzheimer’s kicks in

  49. grumpyoleman says: Oct 21, 2013 8:08 PM

    Such could have really hurt culver when he pushed him too hard

  50. rodgers419 says: Oct 21, 2013 8:10 PM

    Look at this new generation of whiny fan that actually thinks a player should be suspended for a football hit.

    You can’t target anything on a guy who runs a 4.3 while catching a ball that’s traveling 25.4 yards per second when you yourself run in the 4.3 range. You nerds ever step foot on the field? I get the feeling you imagine Brandon Meriweather in your head as a Disney villain cunningly planning his next act. Society is going downhill and you clowns are just another symptom.

  51. thereyougo2 says: Oct 21, 2013 8:12 PM

    Always thought he played like Dawk

  52. pugstradamus says: Oct 21, 2013 8:30 PM

    If you think that guy has any clue you tube big bang clock. Hes a fool. Going to the palace….That was when he was with NE…

  53. possumsauce says: Oct 21, 2013 8:31 PM

    Maybe he’ll do us all a favor during his involuntary vacation and try practicing his spearing technique on a brick wall.

  54. bigjdve says: Oct 21, 2013 8:41 PM

    For those people saying this is Goodell screwing the Redskins?

    Get a clue, this came down from Merton Hanks.

  55. packersarethebest says: Oct 21, 2013 8:46 PM

    When you are a 3rd-string franchise you need to have dirty players like this on your roster!

  56. laserw says: Oct 21, 2013 8:53 PM

    Should be a lifetime ban – he doesn’t play football – he seeks to hurt people – as a Redskin fan, I loathe this jerk.

  57. snowman36 says: Oct 21, 2013 8:58 PM

    I hope merry weather starts ripping people’s knees up

  58. gibson34 says: Oct 21, 2013 9:04 PM

    illogical voice iii is in da house…he has returned after winning a ball game. He will disappear again as peyton and company kill the skins 51-7.

    LMAO.

    HOW BOUT THOSE COWBOYS!!!!

  59. thefiesty1 says: Oct 21, 2013 9:45 PM

    Is that all? How about the rest of the season?

  60. whatjusthapped says: Oct 21, 2013 9:54 PM

    If he isn’t the dirtiest player in the NFL, then I would like to see who is?

  61. ezwriter69 says: Oct 21, 2013 10:22 PM

    Thought Matt Birk went into far-far-far right politics after he retired, that must not have worked out… good luck getting an objective decision from that lunatic, he’s had a few too many concussions himself I think.

  62. roachyxxx says: Oct 22, 2013 7:09 AM

    Hey PFT, can we get some video of the NFL using a Magic 8 Ball to levy fines and suspensions?

  63. slugdc says: Oct 22, 2013 7:49 AM

    Good. He’s going to end up seriously injuring himself or someone else if he doesn’t stop this nonsense. He needs to learn.

  64. defscottyb says: Oct 22, 2013 8:33 AM

    That hit on the Bears WR in the endzone was perfectly Legal… Meriweather jarred the ball loose and prevented a TD! What the hell is so wrong about that? That’s a great football play. Unreal…

  65. defscottyb says: Oct 22, 2013 8:35 AM

    …If Meriweather doesn’t make that hit it’s a Bears TD… anyone else see the play? Great play and looked totally fine to me. Gotta put a skirt on the WR’s now just like QB’s.

  66. defscottyb says: Oct 22, 2013 9:02 AM

    Just watched the second “illegal hit” Meriweather made on a Bears WR… another great football play and totally legal hit. He lead with his shoulder pads and hit the WR in the chest and football area trying to jar the ball loose. Unreal again… Just because a hit “looks” vicious doesn’t mean it’s Illegal. It’s called football and playing physical Defense. Please…

  67. joj0420 says: Oct 22, 2013 9:49 AM

    He gets suspended but suh might as well kill someone and get away with it then he still won’t be suspended

  68. secofunk says: Oct 22, 2013 10:25 AM

    What needs to happen to get Roger Goodell fired. This man has made football almost unrecognizable.

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