According to Adam Schefter, the National Football League does plan disciplinary action against Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather.Â That discipline will include a suspension.Â Â According to Schefter, the length of suspension is undecided, but the estimate is between one and two games.
Meriweather was once again cited for two personal foul illegal hit penalties.Â Not only are those helmet leading hits dangerous to the player being hit, but it is costing the Washington Redskins team precious yardage and helps opposing teams sustain drives.Â Â The NFL must mandate the suspension.
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall had rough words for Meriweather, after Chicago’s 45-41 loss to Washington yesterday.
“Guys like that really don’t understand that there is life after football,” Marshall said, per the Chicago Tribune. “I respect the league trying to better our game and guys like that, maybe he needs to get suspended or taken out of the game completely. I understand. I get it. I was one of those guys. I played defense growing up. I was a headhunter. Even sometimes on the offensive side, I played that way. But with rules in place, you’ve gotta respect it.”
Meriweather responded later.
“I feel like every hit that I took was a legit hit,” he said, per the Washington Post. “I wasn’t trying to be dirty. I wasn’t trying to hurt nobody. I didn’t launch with my head. I used my shoulder like they told me to do. Everything I did was a pointer from them (league officials)…. You’ve just got to play. There ain’t nothing I can do about it. I just go out there and play.”
Meriweather was fined last week by the NFL in the amount of $42,000 for a helmet to helmet hit.Â Meriweather has been fined 4 times since 2010 for personal fouls.
There are varying opinion on Meriweather around Redskins Nation.Â However, the fact is, Meriweather has been very costly for Washington in terms of penalties and loss of yards.Â Â Right when you solve idiotic personal foul penalties by cutting DeJon Gomes, you get Meriweather.
With a potential suspension for Meriweather and injury for Reed Doughty, Washington may give another look to sixth round draft pick Baccari Rambo.Â Rambo started out the season in the Redskins secondary, but struggle din coverage, ultimately costing him playing time and a starting role.
Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan is expected to address the Meriweather situation at his press conference this afternoon.