Banged-up Marshall calling for Redskins’ Meriweather to be disciplined
BY PATRICK FINLEY Staff Reporter October 20, 2013 8:25PM
Updated: October 20, 2013 10:26PM
LANDOVER, Md. — After Brandon Meriweather’s personal foul injured Brandon Marshall’s wrist Sunday, the Bears wide receiver called for the Redskins safety to be suspended.
“Guys like that really don’t understand that there’s life after football,” said Marshall, who was hit high by a launching Meriweather in the fourth quarter. “I respect the league trying to better our game. 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 play that way.
“But with rules in place, you’ve got to respect it. Those are the guys that are in trouble, as far as they really don’t have anything to do after football because they think it’s all about football.”
Meriweather also was flagged for a personal foul in the third quarter when he put a helmet into Alshon Jeffery’s chin.
Meriweather has a history of violent hits. He was fined $42,000 for a hit that gave Packers running back Eddie Lacy a concussion last month. Meriweather gave himself a concussion, too, later that game.
With the Patriots in 2010, Meriweather was fined $50,000 for two helmet-to-helmet hits. In his lone season with the Bears in 2011, he was fined another $45,000.
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Meriweather’s hits on Sunday were “not intentional.”
“It’s one of those things where you want them to be aggressive, but get lower,” he said. “We have to eliminate those 15-yard penalties, and I know Brandon is going to work as he can.”
Marshall was vague when asked about his X-rayed wrist, other than to say it felt like he “just played a football game.”
“I understand big hits,” he said. “But when you have a guy that does it week-in and week-out, that’s when it becomes a problem.”