The NFL today suspended Washington safety Brandon Merriweather for two games following two vicious helmet to helmet tackles against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. It was Bears WR Brandon Marshall who led the chorus to have Merriweather banned, although the Redskins pretty much expected the suspension to come. Marshall was the victim of one of the hits, and feels lucky to have only come away with a fractured hand. Merriweather however, sees nothing at all illegal about his play and says it’s his job to “instill fear” in receivers. His coach Mike Shanahan has rushed to his defense despite Merriweather’s long history of being a “loose cannon” on the field.
Merriweather was fined $42,000 earlier this season for a hit on Green Bay RB Eddie Lacy that knocked him out for two games, and he was fined $45,000 in 2011, and $50,000 in 2010, and after viewing the incidents on film, his denial, and his appeal of the suspension makes one wonder what his football mentality really is. He says he is not out there trying to hurt anyone, but seems to have a problem with aiming for the heads of opposing players. The NFL promises to respond to his appeal within 48 hours so the Redskins will know whether they will be without his services against Denver Sunday and next week against the San Diego Chargers.