Brandon Meriweather of the Washington Redskins defends wide receiver Torrey Smith of the Baltimore Ravens during Saturday's preseason game. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather has been suspended by the NFL for the first two games of the regular season for his sixth violation of the league's player safety rules.
According to NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent, Meriweather "made no attempt to make a conventional tackle" on Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith during the teams' preseason game Saturday. Meriweather launched himself into Smith, delivering a blow to the head.
“I’m not the one who wrote the book on penalties,” Meriweather said this past weekend. “I tried to aim at his numbers. I kind of seen the pass go, and I went in and aimed low, and I hit him with my shoulder. I did everything my coaches taught me to do, and I got the flag.”
This is obviously not an isolated incident for Meriweather, who has received fines and a suspension for dangerous hits in the past.
Follow Adam on Twitter @AdamVingan and e-mail your story ideas to adamvingan (at) gmail.com.