Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather is expected to be suspended by the NFL for a pair of helmet-to-helmet hits in Sunday’s game, according to a report.
ESPN’s Adam Schefted tweeted Monday afternoon that the league is weighing a one or two game suspension for Meriweather but the length of the ban is “still to be decided.”
A league source confirmed to CSN Washington that the hits are being reviewed for possible discipline.
Meriweather, a repeat offender, was flagged twice in the second half of the Redskins’ 45-41 victory over the Bears for personal fouls. The first was on Alshon Jeffrey and the second, more egregious looking foul was on Chicago star Brandon Marshall.
Meriweather defended himself after the game, saying, “I feel like every hit that I took was a legit hit. I wasn’t trying to be dirty. I wasn’t trying to hurt nobody.”
Since 2010, Meriweather has been fined at least four times for a total of $137,000 for illegal hits. The most recent fine—for $42,000—came last month for a hit that left Packers’ running back Eddie Lacy with a concussion.
If Meriweather is indeed banned, that could leave the Redskins without one of their most experienced secondary players as the team heads to Denver to face Peyton Manning and the explosive Broncos next Sunday. The Redskins also finished Sunday’s game without veteran safety Reed Doughty, who sustained a concussion.
Coach Mike Shananan is expected to address both Meriweather and Doughty at a 3 p.m. news conference at Redskins Park.