Washington, DC, United States (4E Sports) – The NFL has banned Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather two games of the season for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Baltimore Ravens receiver Torrey Smith Saturday.
Meriweather, notorious for his illegal hits, was flagged for a personal foul for his hit on Smith in the second quarter of Saturday’s 23-17 preseason loss.
With the suspension, Meriweather will not be allowed at the team’s facility or have any contact with team personnel from Sept. 1 until Sept. 15. He has three days to appeal the decision.
Last season, Meriweather was suspended for two games but after he won an appeal it was reduced to one game. He was fined six five times for illegal hits to defenseless players over his career, including a $42,000 fine for a hit on Green Bay’s Eddie Lacy last season.
“Meriweather delivered a forceful blow to the head and neck area of a defenseless receiver with no attempt to wrap up or make a conventional tackle of this player,” said NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent,
After the game, Meriweather said he did not think it was a helmet-to-helmet hit.
“No, I don’t. But at the same time, I’m not the one who wrote the book on penalties,” he said. “I tried to aim at his numbers. I kind of seen the pass go, and I went in and aimed low, and I hit him with my shoulder.”
“I’m trying to do what the NFL asked me after going through the offseason, and working on the things I need to work on, and the first chance I get, it seems like I failed,” he added.