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Washington Redskins Should Release Brandon Meriweather

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COMMENTARY | In news that should surprise no one, Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather has been suspended by the NFL for two games.

Thanks to yet another series of bone-crushing helmet-to-helmet hits in the Redskins' Week 7 win over the Chicago Bears, Meriweather will be missing in action for the next couple of weeks.

Due to his penchant for delivering ill-advised, illegal blows to the opposition, it's time for the Redskins to pull the plug on Meriweather's career in Washington.

In another day and time, Meriweather's actions would be easier to tolerate. Back when the Jack Tatums and more recently, Sean Taylors roamed the NFL universe, feasting upon the weak who decided to make their living catches passes in the middle of the field; it was a means of intimidation to deliver a punishing helmet-to-helmet blow to opposing players.

In Roger Goodell's NFL, in addition to fines and suspensions, hits delivered by leading with the helmet often result in penalties that can prove to be costly to the defense. At the end of the day, the actions of players such as Meriweather do more damage to their respective teams than to the opposition.

As mentioned before, Meriweather is no stranger to this style of football. Throughout his career he's been guilty of similar offenses.

As recently as Week 2 against the Green Bay Packers, Meriweather was fined $42,000 for a lethal blow delivered to Packers' rookie running back Eddie Lacy. Of course, in the same contest, Meriweather had to leave the game when one of his custom headhunting blows resulted in him receiving a concussion delivered at his own expense.

The Redskins can't afford to continue to depend on Meriweather as one of the team's starting safeties. Considering the team's struggles in the secondary and the defense as a whole in 2013, the presence of Meriweather is needed, especially against opponents such as the Redskins' Week 8 foe; the Denver Broncos.

Now, as a result of Meriweather's latest actions, the Redskins face the unenviable task of going against Peyton Manning and the Broncos aerial assault without the presence of a player who, if he plays football the right way, can actually help the team's pass defense.

Due to Meriweather's inability to stay on the field thanks to his kamikaze style, archaic brand of playing the game of football, the Redskins would be better off without him. Even though he's struggled tremendously as a rookie, perhaps Bacarri Rambo could take Meriweather's place in the starting lineup and learn from his early adversities as fellow rookie defensive back David Amerson has done.

Providing Meriweather with his walking papers would rid the team of the presence of a player who can't be depended upon. The move would also send a message to the Redskins' younger players that a spot in this league isn't something to be taken for granted.

Stealing a page from the Robert Griffin III playbook, it's well past time for the Redskins to utilize "Operation Impatience" and rid Meriweather from the roster as a result of his refusal to adapt his playing style to the standards of today's NFL.

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Drexel Perry's a freelance writer who covers the Washington Redskins and the Washington Wizards for Yahoo Contributor Network.For additional football talk, follow him on Twitter @DrexelPerry.

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