Brandon Meriweather Appeals Two-Game Suspension
A day after being suspended for two games by the league for a pattern of hits to the head and neck of offensive players, the free safety filed his appeal.
BY ZAC BOYER
Brandon Meriweather filed an appeal of his two-game suspension with the league office on Tuesday and will have a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.
Meriweather was suspended by the league on Monday for a history of hits to the head and neck area, including two on Sunday in the Redskins’ 45-41 victory over the Bears.
Either longtime defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell or former Ravens center Matt Birk, who have been jointly appointed by the league and the NFL Players Association, will preside over the hearing.
Meriweather was flagged for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery in the third quarter on Sunday, then again drew a penalty for striking a defenseless receiver – Brandon Marshall – in the fourth quarter. Earlier this year, he was fined $42,000 by the league for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Packers running back Eddie Lacy, though that fine is also in the appeals process.
The Redskins placed Meriweather on the reserve/suspended list on Tuesday, though they did not sign anyone with Meriweather’s fate still undetermined. If Meriweather does not win his appeal, he will be suspended through Nov. 3, missing the Redskins’ games against the Broncos and the Chargers.
Attempts to reach Meriweather on Tuesday were unsuccessful, while his agent did not return messages seeking comment.