Brandon Meriweather, Yet Again, Suspended for Illegal Hit

If something doesn’t go your way the first five times, what makes you think it will be OK the sixth, Brandon Meriweather?

The NFL announced on Monday that the Washington safety will miss the first two games of the regular season for an illegal high hit on Baltimore’s Torrey Smith in Saturday’s 23-17 loss to the Ravens.

This is the sixth time in Meriweather’s career that he has been punished for violation of player safety rules.

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The eight-year NFL veteran made headlines last season after saying that because of the new NFL rules against hitting high that “You just have to go low now, man. You’ve got to end people’s careers. You got to tear people’s ACLs and mess up people’s knees. You can’t hit them high anymore.”

Meriweather was suspended two games last season for head-first hits on Bears receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey in Washington’s 45-41 loss to Chicago on Oct. 20. That suspension was later reduced to one game.

The safety played the first four years of his career with the Patriots, seeing time in 64 games and recording 12 interceptions, two sacks, five forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. He was named to the Pro Bowl after the 2009 and 2010 seasons.