Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather is likely facing a one-game suspension for his latest head-targeting hit, this time against Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall. And Marshall, one of the league's most physically imposing wideouts, thinks Meriweather needs an extended break from the game.
“Guys like that really don't understand that there is life after football,” Marshall said, via the Chicago Tribune. “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.
“Guys like that just don't understand. Those are the guys that are in trouble. They really don't have anything to do after football because they think it is all about football. Guys like that, it's tough.”
Meriweather was fined earlier this season for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Packers running back Eddie Lacy. For his troubles, Meriweather not only took the worst of the impact -- he was on the turf for several minutes -- but he was also out $42,000.
Redskins' safety Brandon Meriweather really likes hitting people with his head. pic.twitter.com/fyEllO2TaE— ryan wilson (@ryanwilson_07) September 15, 2013
Incidentally, Meriweather played for the Bears in 2011.
“I am not going to say anything to him,” Marshall continued. “My teammates did a lot of talking and I was thankful for that. It is part of the game. I am not venting or anything. I understand big hits, that is part of our game. But when you have a guy that does it week in and week out, that's when it becomes a problem. That is the only reason I am talking about it.”
And it's not just "week and and week out" in 2013. Meriweather was fined $20,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit during his year in Chicago and another $25,000 for unnecessary roughness. In 2010 with the Patriots, he was fined $50,000 (later reduced to $40,000) for a vicious hit on then-Ravens tight end Todd Heap.