Brandon Meriweather suspended for two games without pay for illegal hits

Aaron Wilson

Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather was suspended without pay for two games for repeatedly violating the NFL rules outlawing hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players.

He committed two infractions during the Redskins' win over the Chicago Bears.

A month ago, Meriweather was fined $42,000. He has been fined five times since 2010.

Meriweather is expected to appeal the punishment, which was administered by vice president of football operations Merton Hanks.

Meriweather was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against Chicago for a forcible helmet-to-helmet hit on a defenseless receiver and again in the fourth quarter for a forcible hit to the head and neck area of a defenseless receiver.

Against the Green Bay Packers, Meriweather delivered an illegal hit with the crown of the helmet to a runner who was outside the tackle box to draw the $42,000 fine.

Appeals are heard and decided 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.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

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