COMMENTARY | "You live by the sword, you die by the sword."
With a reputation of illegal hits that's well-documented, Meriweather was up to his headhunting ways when he leveled Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy with a vicious, helmet-to-helmet hit that resulted in a concussion for the rookie.
Meriweather was replaced in the lineup by veteran safety Reed Doughty, who ended the afternoon with 9 tackles. Doughty's a savvy veteran with a ton of experience playing the safety position. However, his lack of athleticism makes him a liability defending the pass.
This isn't new territory for Doughty, who started 10 games at the strong safety position in 2012 due to the oft-injured Meriweather's absence.
Meriweather's been anything but dependable during his tenure as a Washington Redskin. He missed all but one game last year and already this season, he was missing in action during the team's Week 1 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles because of an injured groin.
During the loss to the Eagles, Meriweather was replaced by E.J. Biggers; a cornerback who was pegged by head coach Mike Shanahan to make his first professional appearance at the safety position. The results were so disastrous that it's highly unlikely that we'll see the continuation of that failed experiment.
The Redskins won't have a difficult time replacing Meriweather if he's out for a significant period of time, since he always seems to be out for an extended timeframe. It's hard to miss the presence of a player who's always injured.
Moving forward, Meriweather's availability will have little or no impact on the deficiencies of a Washington pass defense that's yielded a combined 683 passing yards in the first two games. His ability to play or not to play is the least of the team's worries defending the pass.
To make matters worse, more struggles for the pass defense are likely looming on the immediate horizon, with Matthew Stafford, Calvin "MegaTron" Johnson and the Detroit Lions bringing their explosive passing arsenal to Fedex Field next weekend.
Drexel Perry recently moved back to the Washington D.C. area. He's been a Redskins fan for over 30 years. Follow him on Twitter @Drexel Perry.
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