Washington safety Brandon Meriweather is the latest NFL player who will mail a check to the league office because of an illegal hit.
Meriweather was fined $42,000 by the NFL on Wednesday for his helmet-to-helmet hit to Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy, according to CBSSports.com reporter Jason La Canfora. Lacy sustained a concussion because of that hit and did not return.
Skins S Brandon Merriweather, a repeat offender, was fined $42,000 for his illegal hit to the head in Sunday's game at Green Bay
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 18, 2013
Ironically, Meriweather delivered another significant hit during that game – James Starks was the recipient – and sustained his own concussion. He missed the rest of Washington’s 38-20 road loss.
Meriweather is just one of several NFL players who are padding the NFL’s pockets only a few weeks into this season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson was fined $100,000 for his illegal hit against Saints running back Darren Sproles one week after being penalized $30,000 for a hit on Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was fined $100,000 for his illegal low block in Week 1; Packers linebacker Clay Matthews was fined $15,000 for his hit against 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick; Titans safety Bernard Pollard was fined for $42,000 for his hit against Houston receiver Andre Johnson, while Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David was penalized 7,875 for a late hit against Jets quarterback Geno Smith.
NFL players are not required to reveal to their fines, but if you include Meriweather, that is $336,875 worth of penalties that we know about … and counting.