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Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather suspended 2 games for illegal hits

Brandon Meriweather was suspended two games by the NFL for illegal hits. (Ray K. Saunders/The Washington Post) Brandon Meriweather was suspended two games by the NFL for illegal hits. (Ray K. Saunders/The Washington Post)

The NFL suspended Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather for two games without pay for repeat violations this season of the league's safety rules, the NFL announced.

The NFL considers Meriweather a repeat offender, and he was flagged twice in the Redskins 45-41 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

He will miss this weekend's game against the Denver Broncos and a Nov. 3 contest against the San Diego Chargers.

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Meriweather was fined $50,000 for multiple hits on Baltimore Ravens tight end Todd Heap during a 2010 game, then was fined another $45,000 in fines in 2011.

"I feel like every hit that I took was a legit hit," Meriweather said, via the Washington Post. "I wasn't trying to be dirty. I wasn't trying to hurt nobody. I didn't launch with my head. I used my shoulder like they told me to do. Everything I did was a pointer from them (league officials). ... You've just got to play. There ain't nothing I can do about it. I just go out there and play."
Earlier this season, he got tagged with a $42,000 fine for knocking out Packers running back Eddie Lacy with a helmet-to-helmet hit.

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