The NFL has suspended Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather for the first two games of the 2014 for repeatedly violating player safety rules, according to Randall Liu, the director of NFC football communications (via Twitter). Per Liu, this is Meriweather’s sixth violation of the safety policy; the latest offense was a hit on Ravens receiver Torrey Smith, tweets Tom Pelissero of USA Today. According to NFL Executive VP of Football Operations Troy Vincent, Meriweather “made no attempt to make a conventional tackle” on Smith (Twitter link via Zac Boyer of the Washington Times).
Meriweather has the right to appeal, but if he fails, he will miss Washington’s games against the Texans and Jaguars. According to Brian McIntryre (Twitter link), the ban will cost Meriweather 2/17 of his $855K base salary, which amounts to a little over $100K. Boyer tweets that Meriweather will not be allowed to have any contact with the Redskins from September 1 to September 15.