Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather has generated a lot of heated emotions surrounding his illegal hits. ESPN reported on Oct. 23, 2013, "Brandon Meriweather's ban reduced." Meriweather's suspension for illegal hits in Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears has been reduced to one game without pay Wednesday from the two-game ban he initially received.
Hearing officer Ted Cottrell heard Meriweather's appeal on Wednesday. Now he will be forced to just sit out the Redskins' game on Sunday against the Denver Broncos. Meriweather was flagged twice for personal fouls in the Redskins' game against the Bears. First he was called for a helmet-to-helmet hit on receiver Alshon Jeffery towards the end of a 28-yard catch late in the third quarter. Than late in the fourth quarter, Meriweather rushed into receiver Brandon Marshall after he dropped a pass in the end zone.
The NFL has reported, "Brandon Marshall calls out Brandon Meriweather's hits." Meriweather has already been fined multiple times in the past for illegal hits. However, Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall thinks the NFL should be doing more. Marshall said, "Guys like that really don't understand that there is life after football." Marshall has shared thoughts that maybe Meriweather should be suspended or taken out of the game completely. He feels there are rules in place which must be respected. It would not seem to be a good idea to leave Meriweather and Marshall alone in a room together at this time.