Meriweather to appeal suspension

Meriweather to appeal suspension
October 22, 2013, 5:30 pm
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Brandon Meriweather will appeal his two-game suspension and will receive an expedited hearing Wednesday, a league source said Tuesday afternoon.

Once the hearing is completed, the Redskins will learn whether they’ll have their veteran safety for Sunday’s game against Peyton Manning and the high-powered Broncos. It’s unclear when a decision will be rendered, although NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport wrote on Twitter that, “He’ll know shortly thereafter whether he’s playing."

Meriweather was flagged twice in the Redskins’ 45-41 victory over the Bears for helmet-to-helmet hits on receivers. Since 2010, Meriweather has been fined at least four times a total of $137,000. If he serves both games of his current suspension, he’ll forfeit an additional $141,000 in salary.

If Meriweather’s suspension is upheld, it would deal the Redskins’ defense a significant blow at the worst possible time. The team’s other starting safety, Reed Doughty, left the Bears' game with a concussion and his status for Sunday has not been determined. The other three safeties on the roster – Bacarri Rambo, Jose Gumbs and Trenton Robinson – have played a combined nine snaps on defense the past two weeks.

The Broncos, meantime, have the league's top-rated passing offense at 361 yards per game.