Washington Redskins strong safety Brandon Meriweather has earned a reputation for being one of the league’s dirtiest players, and that reputation has helped lead to a two-game suspension for his sixth dirty hit in violation of the league’s policy. Meriweather lit up Baltimore Ravens star wide receiver Torrey Smith on Saturday, and his two-game suspension is definitely a hefty fine.
According to the Washington Post’s Liz Clarke, veteran free safety and offseason signing Ryan Clark stated that Meriweather will “definitely” appeal the two-game suspension. In fact, Clark believes that his safety partner’s hit on Smith wasn’t illegal, as he asserts that Meriweather led with his shoulder instead of his helmet.
I think Meriweather has a great chance of winning his appeal despite all of his brutal, dirty hits, because Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson one his suspension appeal last season under similar circumstances. These situations usually favor the player, but Meriweather could be the one who gets hit with the suspension and loses the appeal. If he is suspended, then it’s a tough blow to the Redskins paper-thin depth at safety, though Meriweather isn’t exactly a world-beater at the position either. In most cases, losing him could be seen as addition by subtraction due to his undisciplined play, but the Redskins simply can’t afford to lose someone with any sort of raw talent at the position.