WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather has been suspended the first two games of the regular season, stemming from an unnecessary roughness penalty he received after delivering a helmet-first blow to Ravens receiver Torrey Smith, in a preseason game on Saturday.
The illegal contact came on a Ravens second-quarter third down, Mike Jones describes in the Washington Post, after Joe Flacco attempted to connect with Smith at midfield. Meriweather was immediately called for the penalty.
In the first quarter of the same game, Ravens running back Bernard Pierce was taken to the locker room to be evaluated after getting laid out by Meriweather on a handoff from Flacco, also resulting from helmet-first contact.
This is Meriweather’s sixth career violation of player safety rules.
He was similarly suspended last season for making helmet-first collisions with two Chicago Bears receivers, Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall. That suspension was later reduced to one game by the league.
Redskins S Brandon Meriweather suspended 1st 2 games of regular season for 6th violation of player safety rules—
Randall Liu (@RLiuNFL) August 25, 2014
League suspends Brandon Meriweather for first two games due to 6th violation of unnecessary roughness rules—
Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) August 25, 2014