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Redskins' Brandon Meriweather flagged for helmet-to-helmet hit

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

Questions remain about quarterback Robert Griffin III but safety Brandon Meriweather is in midseason form.

Early in the second quarter of Saturday's preseason get-together with the Ravens, the Redskins safety was flagged for laying out a defenseless receiver. The victim: wide receiver Torrey Smith.

And in news that should surprise no one, the hit was of the helmet-to-helmet variety. The penalty came shortly after Meriweather sent Ravens running back Bernard Pierce to the locker room where, according to PFT, he was being evaluated for a possible concussion.

Meriweather was suspended one game last season for repeated violations to the NFL's safety rules prohibiting hits to the head.

At the time, Meriweather said "The NFL have to do what they have to do," but added: “To be honest, man, you've just got to go low now, man. You've got to end people's careers, you know? You've got to tear people's ACLs and mess up people's knees now. You can't hit them high no more. You've just got to go low.”

NFLPA director DeMaurice Smith later apologized on Meriweather's behalf but if Saturday is any indication, Meriweather has no intentions of going low. Which means more fines are in his future.

It's an understatement to say that Brandon Meriweather has a history of getting fined. (Spotrac.com)
It's an understatement to say that Brandon Meriweather has a history of getting fined. (Spotrac.com)

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