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Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather has escaped a suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit with Green Bay Packers running-back Eddie Lacy.

As a result of the hit, Lacy left the field with concussion during Sunday's match between the two sides, but Meriweather will not face a ban, although he has been fined for his part in the incident.

The 29-year old has a history of offences for unnecessary toughness. In 2010, he was fined $40,000 for an illegal hit when playing for the New England Patriots, and a year later he was fined $20,000 for another helmet-to-helmet hit when he was with the Chicago Bears.

Meriweather was the himself the victim of another strong hit against the Packers, also sustaining a concussion in the process.

When asked about the two incidents during the 38-20 win for the Packers, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said: "To be honest with you, on the first one it looked like the running back was kind of going downhill, and when Brandon went for the tackle it looked to me like it was perfect and then all of a sudden when [Lacy] ducked his head, I couldn't tell.

"I didn't see the TV copy just the video - and that's exactly where the contact was."

Packers coach Mike McCarthy was more critical of Meriweather, and he said: "The Washington safety definitely led with his helmet, so I know that's not what we're looking for."

The Redskins host Detroit Lions this coming weekend, and it is not yet known whether Meriweather will feature.

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