The Redskins will be without their starting strong safety for the first two games of the season.
The NFL announced that appeal officer Ted Cottrell has decided to uphold the two-game suspension delivered to Brandon Meriweather earlier this week. The suspension is for an illegal hit he delivered to Ravens receiver Torrey Smith in a preseason game a week ago. According to the NFL, it was Meriweather’s sixth violation of player safety rules.
The denial of the appeal was not a surprise. Last year Meriweather had a two-game suspension reduced to one game on appeal.
The Redskins are in a bit of a bind at the position now. Coach Jay Gruden indicated last week that Bacarri Rambo would take Meriweather’s spot. Rambo is in his second season and he started the first two games of last year but he was benched due to poor performances. The 2013 sixth-round pick has improved since then but it remains to be seen how effective he can be in a regular season game.
The team released oft-injured Phillip Thomas, who was Meriweather’s backup when healthy, earlier today. They now have inexperienced backups Akeem Davis and Trenton Robinson at safety behind starters Rambo and Ryan Clark.