The NFL has come down and come down hard on Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather, suspending him two games for his repeated violations for late hits.
The two hits that finally pushed this repeat offender over the clip were as follows. First, Meriweather was flagged for unnecessary roughness in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears for a helmet-to-helmet hit on a defenseless receiver.
Later, in the fourth quarter, he was penalized again for a forcible hit to the head and neck area of a defenseless receiver.
After the game, Meriweather joked with media members about a looming fine. Instead, he'll miss two games of action for his actions.
Meriweather previously received a $42,000 fine for his hit on Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy in Week 2, using the top/crown of the helmet to a runner who was outside the tackle box.
The suspension was handed down by the league's vice president of football operations, Merton Hanks. Meriweather is not allowed to practice during the suspension or play in the Redskins' next two games, against the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers in Weeks 8 and 9.
Meriweather may appeal the decision within three days and receive and expedited hearing prior to the Broncos game. That hearing will be heard by either Matt Birk or Ted Cottrell, the officers jointly appointed and compensated by the NFL and NFLPA to decide appeals of on-field player discipline.
Meriweather otherwise would be reinstated on Monday, November 4.
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