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Bears’ Marshall says Redskins’ Meriweather shouldn’t be allowed to play

Sarah Hofmann Contributor

Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather is no stranger to fines for hits and unnecessary roughness. Meriweather consistently delivers hits. He also tends to get overzealous.

Last month he was fined $42,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit. While he played for the Bears in 2011-2012, he received a $20,000 fine for a helmet-to-helmet and a $25,000 fine for unnecessary roughness. The beginning of his career with the Patriots found him fined $50,000, later reduced to $40,000.

Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall was the latest to be hit by Meriweather, near the goal line during Sunday’s game. Marshall said after the game that the league should consider removing Meriweather altogether.

“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,” Marshall told the Chicago Tribune.

He continued, “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.”

Meriweather and Washington Redskins have not responded to Marshall’s comment. The Redskins beat the Bears 45-41 on Sunday in a roller coaster of a game.

 

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