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Redskins safety suspended for his sixth violation of player safety rules

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Washington Redskins hard hitting safety Brandon Meriweather has been suspended for two games after his sixth violation of player safety rules.

The latest incident involving Meriweather is surrounding yet another blow to an opponents head that has seen the safety punished by the NFL for breaking player safety rules for a sixth time in his career.

Incident in pre-season

The league announced on Wednesday that they had looked into a helmet-to-helmet hit on Baltimore Ravens' wide receiver Torey Smith and adjudged Meriweather to have once again broken rules in place regarding player safety.

The Washington Redskins defeated the Baltimore Ravens in their third pre-season contest but the hit that got the safety in trouble occurred in the second quarter of the Saturday night tune-up game.

Meriweather will now miss the Redskins opening game against the Houston Texans on September 7, he will also be sat at home for the game-week two match-up against the Jacksonville Jaguars on September 14.

The 30-year-old will not be allowed to attend any team meetings during the suspension and will also be unable to appear at the team's facilities including the training field.

The league stated that Meriweather: "delivered a forceful blow to the head and neck area of a defenseless receiver with no attempt to wrap up or make a conventional tackle."

Former safety and current league executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent was the man to deal out the sanction to the Redskins player.

Meriweather had already been disciplined five times throughout his career for violating player safety rules, mostly for helmet-to-helmet hits. The safety has had a tendency to lead with his helmet during tackles and it has once again cost him playing time.

Meriweather's thoughts

After the game, the player was able to comment on the events, he said: "I'm trying to do what the NFL asks of me, After going through this offseason and working on the things that I need to work on, I get the first chance, and it seems like I failed."

He continued: "I think they've been keeping a close eye on me for the last couple years," he said. "I'm just going to continue to work on my game and try to get lower to do the things they want me to do."

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