Tim Polzer
Wednesday October 23rd, 2013

Brandon Meriweather was suspended two games by the NFL for illegal hits. (Ray K. Saunders/The Washington Post) Brandon Meriweather's suspension for illegal hits was reduced to one game. (Ray K. Saunders/The Washington Post)

The NFL announced Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather's suspension has been reduced from two games to one on appeal.

On Monday, the league suspended Meriweather for two games for repeated violations of NFL's player safety rules. Meriweather twice drew penalties for illegal hits during the Redskins’ win last Sunday over the Bears. Meriweather exercised his right under the sport’s collective bargaining agreement to an expedited appeal and a ruling before this weekend’s game.

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Meriweather’s appeal was heard by former NFL coach Ted Cottrell, an appeals officer jointly appointed by the league and players’ union to hear on-field discipline appeals. He cut the NFL's original suspension of Meriweather in half. As a result, Meriweather will miss the Redskins' game Sunday at Denver but will be eligible to return in his team's Nov. 3 home game against the Chargers. Meriweather's reduced suspension will cost him $70,588. His original two-game suspension would have docked him $141,176.

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