Meriweather's suspension reduced to one game

Meriweather's suspension reduced to one game
October 23, 2013, 3:45 pm
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Washington Redskins strong safety Brandon Meriweather (31) knocks the ball from Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) in the end zone in the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. Merriweather was called for a penalty on the play. The Redskins won 45-41.

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The suspension of Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather has been reduced from two games to one on appeal, the NFL has announced. He will miss this Sunday’s game against the Broncos and will be able to rejoin the team next Monday.

Meriweather was suspended without pay and he will lose $70,588 in salary. The Redskins signed Jordan Pugh today to take his place on the roster.

It was announced on Monday that Meriweather would be suspended for two games for repeated violations of player safety rules. Under the CBA he had the right to expedited appeal and the case was heard today by former NFL coach Ted Cottrell.

Cottrell was jointly hired by the league and the players union to hear such cases and he has the final say in the matter.

Earlier this year, Meriweather was fined $42,000 for an illegal hit on Packers running back Eddie Lacy. He has a history of being fined for such incidents going back to his days with the Patriots.