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NFL suspends Meriweather two games


On Saturday night, Washington safety Brandon Meriweather applied an illegal hit to Ravens receiver Torrey Smith.  On Monday, the NFL lowered the boom.

As expected, the league office has imposed a two-game suspension on Meriweather for his sixth violation of the rules against unnecessary roughness.

NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent imposed the suspension.  It takes effect on Monday, September 1, at which time he’ll be banished from the team facility.  He’ll be reinstated on Monday, September 15 — the day after the team’s Week Two game.

The NFL contends that “Meriweather delivered a forceful blow to the head and neck area of a defenseless receiver with no attempt to wrap up or make a conventional tackle of this player.” Meriweather has been disciplined five prior times for illegal hits.

Meriweather has the right to appeal the suspension.  Last year, the NFL imposed a two-game suspension, which was reduced to one game by Ted Cottrell.  This time around, the appeal will go to Cottrell or newly-appointed hearing officer Derrick Brooks.

If the suspension stands, Meriweather will miss games against the Texans and Jaguars.

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  1. 4thquartermagic says: Aug 25, 2014 6:04 PM

    Two games?

    Didn’t realize Merriweather delivered a forceful blow to the head and neck area of a woman.

  2. gloryfromheaven46 says: Aug 25, 2014 6:05 PM

    Nice, same amount of games as knocking a woman out.

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    The R*dsk*ns are offensive in more ways than one.

  4. 87hollywoodhorn says: Aug 25, 2014 6:07 PM

    Lol, fine then, suspend Meriweather. Everybody already knows the boy RAMBO, can ball out when called upon. And hes not afraid to bring the wood like was a WhoDat with one of those big bats.

  5. higheriqthanyou says: Aug 25, 2014 6:08 PM

    Curious, if he instead had hit a defenseless woman, would the suspension been less or the same?

    We know it wouldn’t have been more.

  6. ballsoharduniversity52 says: Aug 25, 2014 6:09 PM

    This guy has made a career off being a headhunter.

  7. barsfordays says: Aug 25, 2014 6:09 PM

    Wow, Brandon Meriweathdr suspended. what a shock

  8. finfan813 says: Aug 25, 2014 6:11 PM

    Should suspend dj swearinger for the hit in welker, went high on him, last year he took out dutin keller with the low hit. Guy just cant hit the middle.

  9. cribbage12 says: Aug 25, 2014 6:12 PM

    It’s about time. This punk needs to learn. Next time make it a year.

  10. pawpaw46 says: Aug 25, 2014 6:12 PM

    hard head makes a soft ass

  11. blackqbwhiterb says: Aug 25, 2014 6:12 PM

    What to do, what to do….. How bout put your numbers on his numbers, wrap up & tackle, like you were taught in peewee 20 years ago?!!!?!!!

  12. The Steelers are Marching and the world cowers. The three rivers were made from your tears and we build boats. We build lots of boats. We walk beside pristine trophy cases and engraved gold. They say it's lonely at the top, but we sure like the view. says: Aug 25, 2014 6:12 PM

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  13. uglydingo says: Aug 25, 2014 6:13 PM

    And we are still holding our collective breaths for a decision re Josh Gordon…

  14. Waxxx4321 says: Aug 25, 2014 6:13 PM

    We been struggling without Sean Taylor for a long time. I miss a guy who can hit and wrap you up correctly at the same time.

  15. alshonsmeathooks says: Aug 25, 2014 6:14 PM

    clean hit

  16. cribbage12 says: Aug 25, 2014 6:14 PM

    IMHO Welker ducked and caused that hit to be worse than it should have been. Not sure that’s all on Swearinger.

  17. bit1001001 says: Aug 25, 2014 6:14 PM

    and still no Josh Gordon ruling.

  18. Ben Jackson says: Aug 25, 2014 6:14 PM

    Intentional hit on opponent = dragging wife out of elevator by hair, but still less than a toke. Gotcha.

  19. diegiantsdie says: Aug 25, 2014 6:15 PM

    And gordon gets 365 for hurting no one

  20. zam0854 says: Aug 25, 2014 6:16 PM

    Every time I see this dude I think about the brawl with FIU where he is swinging his helmet at players.

  21. Ben Jackson says: Aug 25, 2014 6:16 PM

    Also? Bernard Pollard 2.0

  22. i thumbs down your comment says: Aug 25, 2014 6:16 PM

    If this were an article related to the 49ers, you’d see about 30 Seahawk comments posted in about 10 minutes.

  23. skoobyfl says: Aug 25, 2014 6:18 PM

    If was high while doing this it’d be a season & 2 games.

  24. chilomane says: Aug 25, 2014 6:20 PM

    oh because he’s dirty player not a awful human being yet they carry the same penalty. Just like jimmy g’s vs johnny football bird inconsistent

  25. bubbaamyt says: Aug 25, 2014 6:21 PM

    This time I don’t think Meriweather deserved it. The initial contact is shoulder to shoulder not the head. The helmet contact came as Smith lowered his head from the initial contact. I am no Meriweather apologist but this time I think he got a raw deal.

  26. patsfan says: Aug 25, 2014 6:21 PM

    Okay, who had preseason game three in the over/under on this?

  27. longtimefanhtr says: Aug 25, 2014 6:22 PM

    Previously I said the guy won’t get it until he gets it. Probably still won’t unfortunately.

  28. udontknowjacku says: Aug 25, 2014 6:22 PM

    To bad, good clean hit…hes trying to make better can tell if you look..

  29. petehimself2112 says: Aug 25, 2014 6:23 PM

    The R-word defense obviously thought they were playing in the Super Bowl. Take away the big hits and they played just as garbage as RG3.

  30. The Steelers are Marching and the world cowers. The three rivers were made from your tears and we build boats. We build lots of boats. We walk beside pristine trophy cases and engraved gold. They say it's lonely at the top, but we sure like the view. says: Aug 25, 2014 6:23 PM

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  31. ravenbiker says: Aug 25, 2014 6:24 PM

    OK, enough with the very silly comparisons. a 6 time offender of the rules against head contact and he ONLY gets a 2 game suspension. On the other hand, we have a player who was a first time offender of anything in the NFL and apparently the real authorities that saw the whole video of the occurrence in question did not judge it egregious enough to be worth a sentence but was allowed to take counseling instead gets a 2 game suspension.
    Worse is when people compare a repeat offender of the drug policy..test failures that are repetitive despite counseling, fines, etc and amount to a thumbing of the nose at the NFL and is handed a 1 year suspension to a first time offender that accepted mediation and counseling and is TRYING to solve his problem.
    Apples vs Oranges.

  32. longtimefanhtr says: Aug 25, 2014 6:24 PM

    Sean Taylor was also a Merriweather type.

  33. cleariptv says: Aug 25, 2014 6:24 PM

    He’s deserves it…cut the crap Meriweather

  34. udontknowjacku says: Aug 25, 2014 6:25 PM

    suspended by reputation only!!!!!

  35. officialgame says: Aug 25, 2014 6:25 PM

    Got off to light for a serial defender. This is the second time he was suspended for two games in three years and the punishment should have increased.

  36. dirtydrynn27 says: Aug 25, 2014 6:25 PM

    The hit was legal the league hates the Redskins and so do most of the posters up here!

  37. hakunamangata says: Aug 25, 2014 6:26 PM

    Guess people forgot to read the part of this being his FIFTH time doing this before giving him martyrdom.

  38. Eutaw's Finest says: Aug 25, 2014 6:27 PM

    For all of the morons making Rice comparisons: you are right! A first time Domestic violence suspension for a player with a clean record prior to the incident DOES equal SIX blows to the head of a defenseless receiver!

    Multiple violations dummies… But props for being oh so creative and original with your jokes. Say, where’s your Hardy jokes? Yanno, the Carolina player who did far worse than Rice but never gets talked about simply because no video exists, even tho nobody has actually seen the Rice video to say what actually happened? Hmmm…

  39. duncanthecat says: Aug 25, 2014 6:28 PM

    Redskin defense is establishing itself a swagger.

    Intimidating defenses win.

  40. mlandsjr says: Aug 25, 2014 6:29 PM

    If Goodell is going to suspend defensive players for leading with their shoulder then he needs to fine receivers for lowering their heads.

  41. calhounlambeau says: Aug 25, 2014 6:30 PM

    This guy is a clown. Saw the hit on TV. He’ll never learn.

  42. 87hollywoodhorn says: Aug 25, 2014 6:30 PM

    free RAMBEEZY!

  43. themars211 says: Aug 25, 2014 6:30 PM

    Ben Jackson says:
    Aug 25, 2014 6:14 PM
    Intentional hit on opponent = dragging wife out of elevator by hair, but still less than a toke. Gotcha.

    Where did you see the video of anyone dragging there wife out of an elevator by the hair? No need to exaggerate an already horrible situation. Just make it up as you go along to help with your story line. SMDH

  44. The Bronx Bombers says: Aug 25, 2014 6:32 PM

    Giants > Redskins

    JPP > RG3

  45. zam0854 says: Aug 25, 2014 6:35 PM

    Tomlins tackle attempt on Jacoby Jones reminds me of the Pittsburgh defense…soft…very soft.

    Steelers fans don’t like to talk about this years team. This years team looks like a combination of Miami (of Ohio) band members and Wiz Khalifa’s goon squad!

  46. jrebar88 says: Aug 25, 2014 6:36 PM

    Swearinger…you’re next.

  47. jeepguy14 says: Aug 25, 2014 6:38 PM

    Head hunt for the 6th time and get a 2 game suspension. Smoke for the 2nd time and get an 8 game suspension. I thought the NFL was all about player safety lol.

  48. teal379 says: Aug 25, 2014 6:38 PM

    He’s received a lot of chances on this. It’s going to end up biting the NFL in the rump.

    Injuries in football happen, it’s mostly a game of chance yet the NFL keeps letting this guy on the field.

    If/when he seriously injures someone – that’s not really chance. That’s putting a person with serial DUI issues behind the wheel of a new Ferrari on nickle beer night.

    NFL will be found culpable because they keep allowing this guy back on the field. They know he’s a problem and aren’t protecting the other players.

    One or two times – yeah, reasonable doubt. Not 6.

  49. petehimself2112 says: Aug 25, 2014 6:39 PM

    What are Steeler fans smoking? #crack kills

  50. cdrion21 says: Aug 25, 2014 6:41 PM

    All people saying that he deserves to be suspended for the hit are either Ravens fans or someone who didn’t see the play live. With the rules the way they are it clearly deserved the flag but Meriwether didn’t go high/launch/head hunt. Had Smith not gone done to avoid the big hit he would have hit him in the chest putting his face mask into smith’s shoulder, which to me is a perfect tackle. This suspension is on reputation alone. Its also good to see that NFL views an accidental blow to the head as the same as punching your drunk fiancé in the face and dragging her unconscious body out of an elevator down a hall way.

  51. FinFan68 says: Aug 25, 2014 6:41 PM

    with no attempt to wrap up or make a conventional tackle
    That’s the key here. He (and many others) are trying to stop the other player rather than tackle him. They continuously lead with their heads (or backs) and simply throw themselves at the other player. How many times have you seen a guy dive and turn where his nameplate crashes into another guy’s knees?

    Teach tackling, practice tackling and penalize those that won’t do it right.

  52. 2blingluvinit says: Aug 25, 2014 6:41 PM

    Tro dis scum outa da leage !!!

  53. nice2meetumarco says: Aug 25, 2014 6:42 PM

    Why isn’t Torrey smith apologizing for his role?

  54. u4iadman says: Aug 25, 2014 6:44 PM

    Super fun to watch, like old times when NFL was fun.

  55. cowboysallday says: Aug 25, 2014 6:44 PM

    HAHAHAHAHA he got suspended from a preseason game

  56. bhlobos says: Aug 25, 2014 6:44 PM

    i thumbs down your comment says: Aug 25, 2014 6:16 PM

    If this were an article related to the 49ers, you’d see about 30 Seahawk comments posted in about 10 minutes.

    And if this were an article related to the Seahawks, 80% of the comments would be about PEDS, Cheating Pete, etc…

    I’m not one to normally shout about how great the Hawks are currently playing, but for you, Sir, I’ll make an exception.

    We’re the defending champs, potentially have a better all around team this year than last… so excuse me for not feeling bad about your sore neck because you can only look up… after all these years, I’d rather be hated because our team is so good.

    Sorry if that’s not strong enough trash talk for you, but I tend to look at things rationally instead of proving I don’t know anything like you do.

  57. wholelottaawesome says: Aug 25, 2014 6:44 PM

    The league is better without this guy. He makes zero contribution to the success of his team or the NFL as a whole. But he won’t learn so 2 games is a joke to him. I agree with bumping it up to say 6-8 games?

    Kam Chancellor is an intimidating presence in the same position and runs clean. But his name is called 10x less since Meriweather does bad things. And Kam is 100x the player and person brandon can dream if being.

  58. 3yardsndust says: Aug 25, 2014 6:44 PM

    Meriweather is a worthless punk.

  59. partmachine says: Aug 25, 2014 6:45 PM

    I can’t believe he got the same suspension for 6 in-game violent illegal hits as a guy did for a one time mistake that had nothing to do with football.

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  61. DrSteveBrule says: Aug 25, 2014 6:46 PM

    How is this guy still playing? It seems like he is suspended more than he is playing.

  62. 25cuts says: Aug 25, 2014 6:46 PM

    No surprise. Nothing here to see. Just another fool on a terrible team. 6-10

  63. wholelottaawesome says: Aug 25, 2014 6:47 PM

    That team in Washington might get a bad rep if they don’t work to fix this issue. Imagine if they were thought of as headhunters!

    Oh, Wait…

  64. westsiiide says: Aug 25, 2014 6:49 PM

    The NFL is dead. Long live the NBA on grass.

  65. jimmy2times says: Aug 25, 2014 6:51 PM

    You’re right – it is a silly comparison. On one hand you have a safety with pads and a helmet attempting to hit a moving target, also in protective gear, while running at full speed and estimating the defensive maneuvers of his opponent, and on the other hand you have a conditioned athlete who punches a woman half his size in the face within the confines of a 5’x5′ elevator and drags her to a room.

    How could anyone possibly think one punishment should be the same or worse than the other?

  66. johnnyballsack says: Aug 25, 2014 7:00 PM

    dirtydrynn27 says:
    Aug 25, 2014 6:25 PM
    The hit was legal the league hates the Redskins and so do most of the posters up here!

    Most of the board doesn’t hate Washington nearly as much as it hates loud mouth braggarts that have not won anything significant in well over 20 years. As in RGMeMeMe, Washington fan base and an owner that doesn’t have the mental capacity to see that his team name is a racist slur.

  67. *********************************************************************** The Native Americans are not r*dsk*ns. They are human beings like you and me. FTTR! - Fail To The Racists! *********************************************************************** says: Aug 25, 2014 7:04 PM

    Whut? Whut?

  68. steelerdynasty2010 says: Aug 25, 2014 7:07 PM

    havent seen it and probably wont, BUT, if the league finds sufficient cause to suspend him, it probably wasnt the kind of hit they want to see anymore. i just wonder why he gets to break a rule and face discipline for it each time. at this point, i’d say he doesnt care to follow the rules, so just boot him from the league. i dont understand why they cant do that.

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  70. baddegg says: Aug 25, 2014 7:09 PM

    He is a liability for the team at this point. He is taking up a roster spot. They really need to cut him. I don’t care about his performance when he plays or anything like that.

    As a Redskins fan I say please cut him.

  71. calicowboysfan86 says: Aug 25, 2014 7:14 PM

    Can we get screen name character limits? Some people have too much time on their hands…

  72. skinsfan91 says: Aug 25, 2014 7:18 PM

    He’s hit wasn’t illegal and neither was that hit on Welker.

  73. cvdt57 says: Aug 25, 2014 7:28 PM

    Merriweather is a dirty player but that doesn’t mean he should be penalized and suspended for CLEAN HITS. If the NFL had waited a few weeks he would have given them a legitimate reason for a suspension. This witch hunt bull crap undermines the integrity of the game and the nfl needs to knock it off before I turn off my television.

  74. stoogy says: Aug 25, 2014 7:28 PM

    Hey steeler fan, the steelers must make the playoffs before a run at #7. What makes you think this year will be any different? Consider yourself and the rest of stealer nation lucky if yinz finish ahead of the browns. #7 is so far away!

  75. sadskinsfan89 says: Aug 25, 2014 7:36 PM

    @cvdt57 well stated im thinkin the same. This isnt the same game i used to love

  76. jcthree3303 says: Aug 25, 2014 7:36 PM

    It was the extension of the arm and shoulder almost like he was doing a Cesaro upper cut for all my wrestling fans out there. Looked more vicious than it probably was.

  77. crewchief15 says: Aug 25, 2014 7:38 PM

    It’s gonna be great to watch the pigpen stollers descend into mediocrity, wait a minutes, it’s already happened… hey long name guy, you reeeeeeally need a life!

  78. officialgame says: Aug 25, 2014 7:40 PM

    All he did was scalp him.

  79. rcali says: Aug 25, 2014 7:46 PM

    Why do I feel like “The CB ” from “The NFL Franchise representing the District of Columbia” is going to be suing the NFL one day because they didn’t notify him it is a dangerous job that can cause long term injuries?

  80. deepball1 says: Aug 25, 2014 7:47 PM

    a 6th violation of knocking out your wife in an elevator is even more serious. That is going to be a THREE game suspension.

  81. deepball1 says: Aug 25, 2014 7:54 PM

    and in other news…after suspending Brandon Merriweather and Tanard Jackson from the Washington Redskins….Commissioner Goodell today said that if the Redskins do not SUSPEND THEIR NAME then a 3rd safety will receive a suspension before week one of the NFL.

  82. deepball1 says: Aug 25, 2014 7:56 PM

    if the Redskins cannot beat Houston’s offense and Jacksonville’s offense without Brandon Merriweather….then they deserve another 3-13 season.

  83. bhlobos says: Aug 25, 2014 7:57 PM

    Not sure if this guy isn’t being coached up or if he isn’t listening. Either one is bad…

    We had the same issue with Bam Bam Kam early in his career. But, he’s been coached AND he listened, now he’s one of the most feared DB’s in the game, and he does it within the rules.

    You don’t have to be dirty to be an enforcer…

  84. deepball1 says: Aug 25, 2014 7:59 PM


  85. donmcg2012 says: Aug 25, 2014 8:02 PM

    Glad he didn’t smoke a joint. He would have been gone for a year. Oh yeah, what’s the holdup with the Josh Gordon verdict? Is Roger finally figuring out he looks like a hypocritical dhead?

  86. iamdinguskhan says: Aug 25, 2014 8:04 PM

    Cowboy fan actually talking trash?!?! One of your starting corners got suspended for taking Molly’s in Mexico and your defensive players are made of glass. You are the last person who be saying anything!

  87. stoptrippn says: Aug 25, 2014 8:05 PM

    Cut him.

  88. thetruestory235 says: Aug 25, 2014 8:07 PM

    The Redskins have been without Meriweather since he came to Washington. Won’t miss his 15 yard penalties. Hopefully one of the youngsters can play well enough to make him an afterthought.

  89. iamdinguskhan says: Aug 25, 2014 8:10 PM

    No worries! He will be back for week 3 to face the Eagles

  90. byzr says: Aug 25, 2014 8:17 PM

    6th time for endangering a fellow footballer and he only gets a 2 game suspension. NFL is going soft IMO.

  91. milksteak78 says: Aug 25, 2014 8:25 PM

    Troll say what?
    longtimefanhtr says:
    Aug 25, 2014 6:24 PM
    Sean Taylor was also a Merriweather type.

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  92. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Aug 25, 2014 8:34 PM


  93. nervesplicer says: Aug 25, 2014 8:56 PM

    it’s because he’s a redskin, isn’t it? when will this racism end!

  94. mcr388 says: Aug 25, 2014 9:02 PM

    That will show him! Oh wait…

  95. nobreak1269 says: Aug 25, 2014 9:11 PM

    Its NOT football anymore.Its glorified two hand touch.The guys playing today owe ALL of thier fame and money to the guys that played before Goodell took over.

  96. ugadogs21 says: Aug 25, 2014 9:28 PM

    That was a good hit. The NFL is trying to justify the punishment by stating that he didn’t wrap up.

    I can’t wait for the day when this league is out of excuses and scapegoats and finally admits what’s been known since Daryl Stingly. This game has the potential to be dangerous.

  97. dmretrogames says: Aug 25, 2014 9:29 PM

    Shoulder to shoulder hit. Unshackle the defense, Herr Goodell.

  98. gregmorris78 says: Aug 25, 2014 9:46 PM

    The hit wasn’t a big deal. Dumb suspension and bad for the game.

    I think they should take their helmets off then, that would stop it

  99. lbcoach34 says: Aug 25, 2014 9:48 PM

    Is this violation = to, > than or < than smoking weed? For the league's "image"

    Goodell is ruining the NFL


  100. httrfudallas says: Aug 25, 2014 9:48 PM

    The NFL should just go to two hand touch. But keep it above the waist. I don’t want it getting too dangerous. Ridiculous.

  101. httrfudallas says: Aug 25, 2014 9:50 PM

    The nfl should make it two hand tap, but keep it above the waist. I don’t want things getting too dangerous out there.

  102. jimthebuilder27 says: Aug 25, 2014 9:51 PM

    This guy is dirtier than Ndamukong Suh. At least Suh’s antics don’t seriously injure people, this guy’s could, he’s even knocked himself out!

  103. sadskinsfan89 says: Aug 25, 2014 9:56 PM

    Did anyone see Ngata kick shawn lavaou? Does that call for a suspension?

  104. edavidberg says: Aug 25, 2014 10:05 PM

    They shouldmsuspend him for the rest of his life. He doesn’t get it and never will and is really hurting people.

  105. kando53 says: Aug 25, 2014 10:06 PM

    I’ve watched the replay, and the flag and suspension were both uncalled for. If I were Meriweather I’d definitely challenge the suspension, and any fines. The guy used his shoulder, and hardly even touched the other guys helmet. Plus the receiver dropped down at the last second trying to regain control of the ball that was slipping out of his hands. The call and suspension are both BS.

  106. tigershark0052 says: Aug 25, 2014 10:07 PM

    I wish Merriweather would do that to a Steelers fan

  107. gregmorris78 says: Aug 25, 2014 10:12 PM

    What about the guy who recently killed Bradford’s career? Nature of the game

  108. nedbraiden says: Aug 25, 2014 10:44 PM

    The only ones that need to be suspended are Bell and Blount, you and me would be locked up for a while. Just sayin.

  109. shutur5hole says: Aug 25, 2014 10:56 PM

    This team doesn’t have to worry about This idiot. They need to worry about how to move RGMEMEMEME he is killing this offense again his throws are horrible and look at what they gave up for him. They should move him now to the rams maybe and then maybe get some picks back. Dude won’t be in the league in 3 years

  110. samsonight1010 says: Aug 25, 2014 11:41 PM

    “Illegal hit” = 2 games, if only the ray rice explanation were so simple the first time…

  111. thesmartestmanever says: Aug 26, 2014 12:12 AM

    all these comments, did anyone see the game? he led with his shoulder! even the announcer who was clearly a Raven fan alluded to the fact. because of his track record he won’t get a fair shake or benefit of doubt.

  112. skins26portis says: Aug 26, 2014 2:24 AM

    This is BS he used his shoulder and it hit his helmet . That’s not helmet to helmet contact. This concussion law suit has the League scared. They don’t want to see WR getting blown up anymore . The league rather a defensive player blows out a players knees then hit in the head . Meriweather has got a bad rap now .

  113. raiderufan says: Aug 26, 2014 7:28 AM

    When are these guys going to realize that proper form tackles 1. get the guy down way more often 2. don’t cost them money and 3. look just as devastating as these human missle garbage tackles.

    I’m a fan of the U and I’ll tell I think he should be suspended simply for not even making an effort to make a real tackle…still…after 5 offenses…and more money taken then most of us will ever have at one time….he’s still tackling like a moron. Suspend him.

  114. grumpyoldskinsfan says: Aug 26, 2014 9:26 AM

    In my day we could hit, punch, kick and stomp on the head. That was football! What kinda name is Brandon Merriweather for a football player anyway?

  115. edavidberg says: Aug 26, 2014 11:51 AM

    This was not a shoulder to helmet hit. He went flying in and led with his helmet. There was a huge crack in the replay which was helmet on helmet. He went in headfirst, i.e. lowering his head, which is exactly what that league has outlawed.

    You can’t just run in and blast a player any more. You have to keep your head up and try and tackle them. Meriweather just doesn’t get it.

    The hit by Swearinger was totally different. He really did lead with his shoulder.

    Torrey Smith ducked, which he shouldn’t do either, but Meriweather is suspended for dropping his head and tackling with the crown of his helmet. You can’t do that any more.

  116. florsht says: Aug 26, 2014 1:16 PM

    Ban him .

  117. jiggy2014 says: Aug 26, 2014 2:02 PM

    A dirty hit in football has always been: intentionally targeting the knees of someone WITHOUT THE BALL. A blind-side hit aka “crackback block” unnecessarily on someone WITHOUT THE BALL. (Kicking, Eye-gouging, Horsecollar, etc)When did the term dirty hit begin to describe a hard intense tackle on THE BALLCARRIER. Sorry he may hurt your “FANTASY” player. But you should know that every player has the option to SLIDE; And not take a BIG HIT.. Calling Brandon Meriweather a head hunter is absurd and without merit. If you think he targets heads you are insane and have NEVER PLAYED FOOTBALL PAST PEE WEE LEAGUE!! No one does that… The game of football has always been a BARBARIC AND COMPETITIVE sport long before Brandon Meriweather..

  118. jiggy2014 says: Aug 26, 2014 2:06 PM

    These new rules don’t make the game any safer.. They only TRY TO ELIMINATE THE HARD HITS.. Making games look like HIGH SCHOOL kids who can’t tackle or take a hit!

  119. tiger2471 says: Aug 26, 2014 3:41 PM

    I think the hit by Merriweather was a clean hit, it’s obvious the guy leaned in with his shoulder, so I hope he only gets 1 game. Sean Taylor, one of the best to play the position, probably wouldn’t be able to survive in today’s NFL, pretty sad.

  120. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 26, 2014 4:11 PM

    Flacco should be suspended for laying out his receivers. He’s gonna get someone killed.

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