Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather has 18 tackles this season. (Ray K. Saunders/Washington Post/Getty Images)
The National Football League Players Association says that Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather is sorry for his comments made earlier in the week saying that to continue playing, he would have to resort to taking out player's knees.
After Meriweather was suspended for one game without pay for illegal hits made against the Chicago Bears, he said:
"I guess I just got to take people's knees out. That's the only way. I would hate to end a guy's career over a rule, but I guess it's better other people than me getting suspended for longer. 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."
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NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said that Meriweather understands that what he said was wrong.
"I spoke to Brandon. He is passionate about the game, and I know he is sorry for what he said," Smith said in his statement, via Pro Football Talk. "He is concentrating on helping his team win the rest of the season. Brandon knows that all players have a responsibility to each other and to play within the rules of the game."