Washington Redskins strong safety Brandon Meriweather has been suspended for the first two games of the 2014 season due to an illegal hit he made on Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith in the Redskins 23-17 preseason loss. Meriweather was suspended two games last season for an illegal hit he made on Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall. However, he appealed the suspension and only served one game.Meriweather will more than likely appeal this suspension as well. This preseason Meriweather has been hitting especially hard particularly with his move back to strong safety after playing free safety last season. When Meriweather was flagged on the Torrey Smith hit the thought had to enter Redskins fans minds that he might be facing some kind of disciplinary action from the NFL.
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden had previously warned Meriweather in training camp not to hit players high but it seems he failed to heed that warning. Moving forward Meriweather will have to tread lightly through the remainder of the season as he will surely be under a high amount of scrutiny by the NFL and could face an even longer suspension if the illegal hits continue.
With Brandon Merieather out of the lineup, the Redskins may turn to second year safety Bacarri Rambo to start in his place. Rambo has had a stellar preseason and his play appears to have improved dramatically over his inconsistent rookie season.