Meriweather’s two-game suspension upheld

Brandon Meriweather will watch the first two games of the season, though probably not through a camera lens. (AP)

Redskins strong safety Brandon Meriweather will serve his two-game suspension for an illegal hit to the head of Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, the NFL announced Saturday afternoon.

Ted Cottrell, the appeals officer jointly appointed by the NFL and NFL Players Association, ruled against Meriweather after reviewing the appeal presented by his representatives.

Meriweather leveled the hit against Smith in Washington’s third preseason game. He argued that he was trying to go lower on Smith, but that the receiver had turned and lowered his head while Meriweather was already in the act of attempting the tackle. Smith has since said that he doesn’t believe Meriweather should have received a suspension.

The league and Cottrell disagreed.

It’s the sixth time in Meriweather’s eight-year career that he has received punishment from the NFL for illegal hits.

Meriweather last season received a hefty fine and a one-game suspension for two separate helmet-to-helmet hits. He drew a $42,000 fine for a hit on Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy, and four weeks later, after two illegal hits to the helmet of Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall, Meriweather got hit with a two-game suspension that the appeals officer reduced to one game.

Meriweather’s suspension will run from Sept. 1-15. He is not allowed on team property, or to have contact with members of the organization.

The Redskins will place Meriweather on the reserve/suspended list at 4 p.m. Saturday. He will not count against their 53-man roster. Once he returns from his suspension, the team must make a corresponding roster move.

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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