In somewhat of a surprising move, NFL suspension hearing officer Ted Cottrell on Wednesday reduced the suspension of Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather from two games to one.
Meriweather was punished for repeated hits to the head this season, including two hard stops last week, which prompted the NFL to issue the original two-game suspension.
Meriweather was penalized twice in the Redskins' Week 7 win against the Chicago Bears for using his helmet to spear and hit Bears receivers Brandon Marshall and Martellus Bennett in the head and neck area.
Marshall publicly criticized Meriweather's play afterward, while Bennett told reporters he'd like to punch Meriweather in the face.
The NFL sought a two-game ban because Meriweather was a repeat offender.