Redskins' Meriweather suspended for illegal hit

Updated: 8/25 5:37 pm

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New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The NFL has suspended Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather for the first two games of the 2014 campaign for delivering an illegal hit during Saturday's preseason tilt against the Baltimore Ravens.

Meriweather struck Ravens wideout Torrey Smith near the head on a passing play in the second quarter of the Redskins' 23-17 loss to Baltimore, drawing a personal foul penalty for making forcible contact to a defenseless player.

It's the sixth time that Meriweather has been disciplined by the league for violating its unnecessary roughness rules. The eighth-year pro was handed a one-game ban for a pair of illegal hits during a game against Chicago last October.

Meriweather can still appeal the ruling in an attempt to have it overturned or reduced. If the suspension remains imposed, he will be forced to sit out Washington's games at Houston and against Jacksonville before being eligible to return on Sept. 15.

A 13-game starter for Washington last season, Meriweather recorded 69 tackles, two interceptions and one sack in 2013.

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