Redskins’ Meriweather Receives Two-Game NFL Ban for Illegal Hits

Brandon Meriweather of the Washington Redskins was suspended two games for repeat violations of the National Football League’s rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players.

Meriweather was fined $42,000 for an illegal hit in the Redskins’ Week 2 game against the Green Bay Packers, and had two more violations in a win this past weekend against the Chicago Bears.

The Redskins’ safety was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the third quarter of the Oct. 20 game for a forcible helmet-to-helmet hit on a defenseless receiver, and was flagged again in the fourth quarter for a forcible hit to the head and neck area of a defenseless receiver.

Meriweather, who has until Oct. 24 to appeal the suspension, would miss the Redskins’ games against the Denver Broncos on Oct. 27 and against the San Diego Chargers the following week. He can’t practice or participate in any football activities during the ban, which ends Nov. 4.

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