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REDSKINS: Meriweather seeks relief on penalty

Washington Redskins free safety 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 Chicago Bears.

Either longtime defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell or former Baltimore 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 Green Bay 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 Denver Broncos and the San Diego Chargers.

Attempts to reach Meriweather on Tuesday were unsuccessful, while his agent, David Dunn, did not return messages seeking comment.


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REDSKINS (2–4) at BRONCOS (6–1)

WHEN: Sunday, 4:25 p.m.

WHERE: Sports Authority Field, Denver

TV: Fox (channels 5, 35)