Brandon Meriweather Fined For Hit On Eddie Lacy
The strong safety was suspended for $42,000 by the league on Wednesday afternoon for his hit on the Packers’ running back, who left the game shortly thereafter with concussion-like symptoms.
BY ZAC BOYER
ASHBURN – Brandon Meriweather was fined $42,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Packers running back Eddie Lacy, a person familiar with the matter confirmed on Wednesday.
Meriweather delivered helmet-to-helmet hits to Lacy and James Starks in the 38-20 loss, with the first hit knocking Lacy out of the game with concussion-like symptoms and Meriweather knocking himself out on the hit on Starks.
It was the first hit, in which Meriweather hit Lacy as he was in the process of being tackled, that drew the fine, that person said.
The strong safety declined to comment on if he had been fined when approached after the Redskins’ practice on Wednesday.
Meriweather has a long history of unnecessary roughness penalties, which was the reason he was under investigation by the league. He was fined $50,000 for a hit on Ravens tight end Todd Heap in 2010, while he was playing with the Patriots, and later appealed to get it reduced to $40,000.
A year later, while playing for the Bears, he was fined $20,000 for hitting Panthers receiver Steve Smith and then $25,000 for unnecessary roughness a week later in a game against the Lions.
It’s unclear whether Meriweather plans to appeal the fine at this time.
Meriweather was limited to only individual drills during the Redskins’ practice as he makes his recovery from a concussion. He has passed all required tests, Mike Shanahan said, which would leave him in line to return Sunday against the Lions.