Safety Brandon Meriweather is scheduled to return to the Washington Redskinsâ€™ lineup Sunday against the San Diego Chargers after serving a one-game suspension for illegal hits.
The week has been filled with plenty of talk about Meriweatherâ€™s play. Meriweather said Monday that â€śyouâ€™ve just got to go low now. Youâ€™ve got to end peopleâ€™s career. Youâ€™ve got to tear peopleâ€™s ACLs and mess up peopleâ€™s knees now.â€ť DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFL Players Association, said in a written statement later in the week that Meriweather was â€śsorryâ€ť about what heâ€™d said.
Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Friday heâ€™s confident Meriweather will play effectively in his return and wonâ€™t be hesitant on the field despite all the discussion about how he plays.
â€śI think sometimes people get a little carried away with that,â€ť Shanahan said. â€śWe understand what the rules are and heâ€™s been penalized for it. Weâ€™ve been penalized as a team as well. So he knows where the emphasis is and he wants to play football for a long time. When he does get that hit, heâ€™s gonna try to hit in the right area. Hopefully he does.â€ť
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