Your Thursday morning open thread:
What’s your reaction to Brandon Meriweather’s $42,000 fine for the helmet-to-helmet hit that concussed Green Bay's Eddie Lacy?
Deserved? Not deserved? Too much money? Too little?
Whatever your take on Meriweather’s hit, it’s clear his playing style often clashes with NFL rules at a time when the league is attempting to curb head injuries. After doing a little looking around, the Redskins’ safety has been fined four times (at least that we know about) for blows to the head:
- $50,000 in 2010 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on the Ravens’ Todd Heap. (It was later reduced to $40,000 on appeal)
- $20,000 in 2011 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on the Panthers’ Steve Smith.
- $25,000 in 2011 (a week after the fine for hitting Smith) for a helmet-to-helmet blow on the Lions’ Nate Burleson.
Meriweather was not fined in 2012. Then again, he played less than three quarters of football due to knee injuries.
It should also be noted that Meriweather is currently sidelined with a concussion that he suffered while delivering a second high hit at Lambeau Field on Sunday afternoon.