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NFL Lowers the Boom on Washington Redskins Safety with Two-Game Suspension for Targeting

Safety Brandon Meriweather of the Washington Redskins has been suspended without pay for two games for repeat violations this season of NFL safety rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players, including two in Sunday’s Washington-Chicago Bears game.

The suspension was imposed by NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks.  Meriweather may not practice during the suspension nor play in the Redskins’ games this Sunday against the Denver Broncos and on November 3 against the San Diego Chargers.  He may not participate in any football activities with the team during the suspension. Meriweather will be reinstated on Monday, November 4.

Meriweather was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against Chicago for a forcible helmet-to-helmet hit on a defenseless receiver and again in the fourth quarter for a forcible hit to the head and neck area of a defenseless receiver.

In Week 2 against the Green Bay Packers, Meriweather delivered an illegal hit with the top/crown of the helmet to a runner who was outside the tackle box.  He was fined $42,000 for that violation.

Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension may be appealed within three business days and an expedited hearing and decision requested in advance of Sunday’s game. Appeals are heard and decided by either Matt Birk or Ted Cottrell, the officers jointly appointed and compensated by the NFL and NFLPA to decide appeals of on-field player discipline.

The suspension was warranted, according to Chicago Bears Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall.

He told the Chicago Tribune:

“Guys like that really don’t understand that there is life after football. I respect the league trying to better our game and guys like that, maybe he needs to get suspended or taken out of the game completely. I understand. I get it. I was one of those guys. I played defense growing up. I was a headhunter. Even sometimes on the offensive side, I played that way. But with rules in place, you’ve gotta respect it.”

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NFL Gets Tough, Suspends Safety for Targeting Head and Neck Area of Defenseless Players

Bad enough that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost their first two games of the season on last second field goals.

Now they have lost their prized free agent pickup from the off-season — safety Dashon Goldson — for their next game against the New England Patriots

Goldson was suspended without pay for one game yesterday for a flagrant and repeat violation of NFL safety rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players.

The suspension, which was imposed by NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks, means Goldson also may not practice this week with the team, or participate in any football activities with the team.

Goldson was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints for making direct, helmet-to-helmet contact with a defenseless receiver. 

The violation was Goldson’s fifth for unnecessary roughness since 2011 and his second in the first two weeks of the 2013 season.  Goldson was fined $30,000 last week for striking a defenseless player in the head and neck area in the Buccaneers’ Week 1 game against the New York Jets.

“You had an unobstructed path to your opponent,” Hanks wrote in a letter to Goldson informing him of the suspension.  “It is clear that you lowered your head and unnecessarily rammed the left side of your helmet into the left side of your opponent’s head.  You delivered a forceful blow with your helmet and made no attempt whatsoever to wrap up your opponent or make a conventional tackle on the play.  This illegal contact clearly could have been avoided.”

Bucs Head Football Coach Greg Schiano said Goldson is trying to do better.

“Dashon is trying to do the right thing,” Schiano said. “He’s just got to lower his target point. Now sometimes the point moves while your going to hit so that means you have to go even lower still. He’s certainly is trying. It’s not one of those, ‘oh, I don’t care.’ He’s very aware and trying.

“By the same token, I want our guys to play hard and I don’t think anybody is trying to intentionally do that. So we just have to be more and more aware of that situation and make sure we avoid that as much as we can.”

 

 

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