BALTIMORE—Brandon Meriweather drew a flag for a helmet-to-helmet hit Saturday night, and now the Redskins’ safety must wait to see if the NFL decides to hand down any further punishment.
“No, I don’t,” Meriweather said, asked if he believed his hit on Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith was a foul. “But at the same I’m not the one who wrote the book on penalties.”
Early in the second quarter, Meriweather closed in for a hit on Smith as the receiver reached for the ball. Replays appeared to show Meriweather lower his helmet and make helmet-to-helmet contact. He was flagged for a personal foul.
“I aimed at the middle of his numbers,” Meriweather said. “I kinda seen the pass go. I went in, aimed low and I hit. I leaned in with my shoulder and did everything my coaches taught me to do. And I got flagged.”
Meriweather, of course, has a long history of headshots and supplementary discipline from the NFL. Just last season he was fined $42,000 and suspended a game for high hits.
“I’m trying to do what the NFL asked [of] me,” he said. “After going through this offseason and working on the things that I needed work on, the first test I get it seems like I failed.”
Asked if he expects to receiver a phone call from the league on Sunday, Meriweather shrugged.
“I don’t know,” he said. “That’s not for me to judge. That’s for the NFL.”
Meriweather also said he intends to keep working on lowering his target.
“I think they’ve been keeping a close eye on me for the last couple of years, not just this year,” he said. “At the same time, I’m going to continue to work on my game, continue to try to get lower and continue to try to do things the way they want me to do.”
“At the end of the day,” Meriweather added, “I just have to find a way to make it happen.”