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Report: Brandon Meriweather appeal will be Wednesday

Washington Redskins safety Meriweather is escorted off the field after a play against the Green Bay Packers during the first half of their NFL football game in Green Bay Reuters

The NFL suspended Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather for two games on Monday for repeated violations of rules governing hits to the head and neck of defenseless receivers and, as expected, the safety has decided to appeal the penalty.

Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports that the appeal will be heard on Wendesday by either Ted Cottrell or Matt Birk, the officers appointed by the NFL and NFLPA to hear appeals of discipline meted out for on-field behavior.

If Meriweather’s suspension is upheld, it will break from the recent trend for safeties disciplined for similar infractions. Ed Reed was suspended last year and Dashon Goldson was suspended earlier this year, but both players wound up getting their bans overturned on appeal. Both players were suspended for one game initially and wound up being fined for their misdeeds instead.

With Meriweather suspended for two games, there’s a chance he could still wind up sitting out a game with a successful appeal. Cottrell or Birk would have the right to cut the suspension in half in addition to overturning it completely or upholding it.

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15 Responses to “Report: Brandon Meriweather appeal will be Wednesday”
  1. matt4477 says: Oct 22, 2013 3:51 PM

    I am a Redskins fan and I am disgusted by this guy. If you don’t know how to hit legally, then tackle. I am not buying what he is selling. Get em outta here.

  2. matt14gg says: Oct 22, 2013 3:51 PM

    Good, I hope he appeals it, the league thinks twice about what a clown this guy is and gives him 4 games.

  3. larjones64 says: Oct 22, 2013 3:54 PM

    Do not let this guy off the hook Matt.

  4. mikejr80 says: Oct 22, 2013 4:06 PM

    This dude is just a damn dumb asssss

  5. commonsensedude says: Oct 22, 2013 4:19 PM

    How stupid do you have to be to, after missing a year from injury (including a bizarre collision with another player during pre-game warmups), use some substance that gets you banned for four weeks, then get fined for multiple helmet hits (including one that knocked HIM out of the game) and then do it again??? And along the way hurt your team not only by your absence but by a big stack of 15-yard penalties.

    This is probably his last stop in the NFL – he’s too much trouble and other players are against him. Too bad for him he’s blowing it.

    And Shanahan needs to stop sticking up for this guy and pretending he’s not playing dirty. His tolerance of this probably makes other players respect Shanny less as well.

  6. glenuendo says: Oct 22, 2013 4:25 PM

    I’m a ‘skins fan and I hope that the league upholds the 2 game suspension. He has to learn somehow even if it makes the defense even worse than it already is.

  7. golforepar says: Oct 22, 2013 4:28 PM

    They ought to change it from 2 games to 3!!

  8. drboogerlips says: Oct 22, 2013 4:39 PM

    Skins fan here, and I completely endorse AT LEAST a two game suspension. He’s exactly what the league does not need.

  9. tcril says: Oct 22, 2013 5:03 PM

    Hey Brandon keep striking fear into receivers who are naturally wimpy…..Hit ‘em lower and break there knees

  10. sidepull says: Oct 22, 2013 6:20 PM

    My my my how the NFL has changed. From celebrating slobberknockers and the players who delivered them. They were highlighting them on ESPN and selling posters, videos, and other media to the fans, the same ones who continue to post their estrogen laden feelings. Remember it was only about 5-7 years ago and all this stuff your crying about now was cool. And it had been cool to knock somebody’s head off for years. Change takes time. I hate the hypocritical NFL heads who demonize players that don’t adjust well to the new NFL when only a short time ago they were heroes’.

  11. metalhead65 says: Oct 22, 2013 6:52 PM

    if they over turn it then they may as well stop suspending players. it does not matter how much he gets fined, they make enough that unless it is whole season it won’t hurt them.

  12. FlyFromTheInside says: Oct 22, 2013 7:47 PM

    It will be overturned and he will get a stiff penalty and a stern warning. The league already set the precedent with the Goldson reduction

  13. erikhudak says: Oct 22, 2013 8:10 PM

    Two games is not enough.
    They should also make him sign up for Obamacare.

  14. jimthebuilder27 says: Oct 22, 2013 10:02 PM

    Shanahan has proven that he doesn’t care that this clown continues his dirty (and dangerous) play. Perhaps Shanahan is a dirty coach?

    After all, he endorsed Alex Gibbs and his dirty play of having lineman cut block and tolerated Tom Nalen’s dirty play. Some things never change!

  15. steelerben says: Oct 23, 2013 10:09 AM

    sidepull says:
    Oct 22, 2013 6:20 PM
    My my my how the NFL has changed. From celebrating slobberknockers and the players who delivered them. They were highlighting them on ESPN and selling posters, videos, and other media to the fans, the same ones who continue to post their estrogen laden feelings. Remember it was only about 5-7 years ago and all this stuff your crying about now was cool. And it had been cool to knock somebody’s head off for years. Change takes time. I hate the hypocritical NFL heads who demonize players that don’t adjust well to the new NFL when only a short time ago they were heroes’.

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    Big hits are still exciting. When a player lowers his shoulder and runs through the ball carrier, creating a turn over and a crack you can feel through the tv, it is what football is all about. That isn’t what Merriweather is doing. He’s taking shots at the head because he can’t tackle.

    Head hunting has been dirty since the head slap was outlawed. Huge hits taking the place of learning how to form tackle have dilluted the quality of the game. I know that some fans think that in the “good old days” every hit took someone’s helmet off or broke bones, but in reality it was mainly form tackling with the occasional big shot. This is from someone that grew up watching Lott, Atwater, Taylor, Singletary, White, and the birth of the Blitzburgh Steelers. Just like a basketball player should learn how to shoot a freethrow before he learns how to dunk, football players need to how to form tackle before they try for the big shots.

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