Washington Redskins starting strong safety Brandon Meriweather made his presence known but only for a short period of time in his first game played of the season against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
His return to the Redskins secondary was supposed to provide a much needed play-maker to the back-end of the defense and an aggressor in run support.
The latter seemed to be coming into fruition immediately as Meriweather laid a crushing hit on Green Bay's rookie running back Eddie Lacy on the opening drive, knocking him out of the game with a concussion.
Upon further review, the hit appeared to be a helmet-to-helmet collision - so it was almost in-poetic justice when Meriweather once again led with his helmet one quarter later, but instead he was the one left concussed.
When back-up James Starks took a hand-off 20 yards up the sideline, Meriweather was on a helmet-leading beeline for the running back.
Starks dipped his head upon contact as well, leaving Meriweather motionless on the Packers sideline.
After being helped up, Meriweather was able to walk off the field on his own, but the Redskins defense had to stay behind and deal with Starks, Aaron Rodgers and an offense that set records in a 38-20 win.
It is still unknown whether Meriweather will play in Washington's next game but what is almost certain is that he will owe the league some money.
In an era where helmet-to-helmet hits are frowned upon and receive hefty fines, Meriweather delivered two in the same game, injuring an opposing player and himself.
While neither hit was penalized in the game, a Meriweather fine will more than likely reflect both hits.