Redskins Safety Meriweather Has NFL Suspension Cut to One Game

Brandon Meriweather of the Washington Redskins had his suspension for repeated illegal hits reduced to one game from two following an appeal.

Meriweather will sit out, without pay, the Redskins’ game against the Denver Broncos on Oct. 27.

Meriweather, a safety, initially was suspended two games by the National Football League on Oct. 21, a day after he received two penalties for forcible helmet-to-helmet hits on defenseless receivers in Washington’s win against the Chicago Bears. He was previously fined $42,000 for an illegal hit in a Week 2 game against the Green Bay Packers.

The suspension was reduced following Meriweather’s hearing with former New York Jets defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell, who is jointly appointed and compensated by the NFL and the NFL Players Association to hear and decide appeals for on-field player discipline.

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