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.