Marshall: NFL needs to take action on Meriweather

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    LANDOVER, Md. -- Brandon Marshall says it might be time for the NFL to sit Brandon Meriweather down -- or kick the Redskins safety out of the league all together.

    Meriweather, who was fined $42,000 by the NFL last month for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Packers running back Eddie Lacy, drew two personal fouls in Washington’s 45-41 victory at FedEx Field Sunday afternoon.

    He put a shot on Marshall near the goalline after an incomplete pass and officials deemed he hit a defenseless receiver in Alshon Jeffery earlier in the game.

    “Guys like that really don’t understand that there is life after football,” Marshall said. “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.

    “Guys like that just don’t understand. Those are the guys that are in trouble. They really don’t have anything to do after football because they think it is all about football. Guys like that, it’s tough.”

    Marshall said he didn’t have anything to say to Meriweather, who played for the Bears in 2011, on the field.

    “I am not going to say anything to him,” Marshall said. “My teammates did a lot of talking and I was thankful for that. It is part of the game. 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 has been fined big bucks in the past. He was fined $20,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit while with the Bears and $25,000 for unnecessary roughness. A $50,000 fine while he was with the Patriots in 2010 was reduced to $40,000 on appeal.

    “It’s part of the game,” Jeffery said. “We are all trying to protect ourselves. It comes with the territory, playing football.”

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    How many chances is the NFL going to give this guy to end someone's career? If they're as serious about player safety as they claim to be, something should have been done about this guy a long time ago. They need to make an example out of him. Throw the book at him. He's earned it and then some.
     
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    He's actually worse then Suh, but Suh gets more attention, I agree w/BM, he should be suspended. He's been in the league long enough, and been fined enough to know how to play and what is correct and incorrect form.
     
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    Even when he was a Bear, I called him a headhunter, and didn't like him.
     
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    Bmarsh has a legit point this needs to be addressed fast because this guy doesn't care how he hits you. He has been doing this his entire career even with the Bears. Time to find a new profession for him.
     
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    I would suspend him for at least two to four games. I understand that football is a rough sport but come on.... He's worse than Suh. Suh is like a gentleman compared to Meriweather.
     
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    What we need is a clear progressive discipline plan, similar to what we have for drug/PED abuse.
     
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    Adam Schefter · 350,557 followers
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    NFL is expected to suspend Redskins S Brandon Meriweather for one to two games, per league source. The exact discipline still is being decided.
     
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    1-2 games is pansy for this guys history, that's .5-1 game per dirty hit.
     
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    IF this is the direction the NFL is going to go with regard to these type of hits, and it appears it is, what I would like to see is these guys get immediately thrown out of the game for this shit, with fines and extra game suspensions to follow...these players and teams need to be punished on the spot..rarely do you ever see a player ejected...too rarely imo...even with the 15 and a 1st, their is still too much celebrating these hits by the teams and fans...start tossing them as well, and that will quickly stop...
     
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