On his first carry of the game on Sunday, Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy burst through the line and gained 10 yards. However, he was cold-clocked by Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather and was forced to leave the game with a concussion.
The Fox replays appeared to show Meriweather leading with his head hitting Lacy on the helmet. Although no flag was thrown on the play, the issue of intent will be determined by the league and a fine could be assessed following Green Bay's 38-20 win, per rules czar Mike Pereira.
After watching the replay of the Lacy play, the question is did the defender line him up w/ and hit him w/ the crown? The league will review
— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) September 15, 2013
Meriweather, of course, has a history of questionable hits. The most egregious was the hit on former Ravens tight end Todd Heap in 2010 when Meriweather was a member of the Patriots. That hit was so hard, the NFL warned that it could suspend players for particularly bad intentional helmet-to-helmet infractions. Meriweather also was fined in 2011 for a hit on Panthers wideout Steve Smith.
In a touch of poetic justice, James Starks ran hard into Meriweather and rung his bell, knocking Meriweather to the ground.
Though he returned to his feet, Meriweather headed to the locker room for the rest of the day as it was announced he had also suffered a concussion.
It was a dangerous day in Green Bay.
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