Report: Brandon Meriweather to be fined, not suspended

This hit by Brandon Meriweather knocked Eddie Lacy out of the game. (FOX)
This hit by Brandon Meriweather knocked Eddie Lacy out of the game. (FOX)

Just moments after the NFL announced that it had suspended Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson for one game following repeated helmet-to-helmet violations, the league reportedly has determined that Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather’s hit that knocked Packers running back Eddie Lacy out of the game Sunday was not suspension-worthy, according to ESPN.

While Meriweather, who knocked himself out of the game later in the contest after leading with his helmet while tackling running back James Starks, will be fined, he likely avoided the suspension because he doesn’t have the same history of violating the league’s rules as Goldson.

Goldson has 15 personal foul penalties since 2010, the most in the NFL.

Meriweather, though, has paid his share of money into the league’s pot for fines. As ESPN 980 points out, Meriweather was fined $50,000 for his hit on Todd Heap in 2010 and was fined a total of $45,000 for two incidents in 2011.

Said Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan after the game regarding Meriweather: “Hopefully he can come back, because he’s a difference-maker out there.”

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