Brandon Meriweather's suspension reduced to 1 game

Brandon Marshall and Martellus Bennett are not going to be happy with NFL suspension hearing officer Ted Cottrell.

Cottrell reduced Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather's suspension for repeated hits to the head from two games to one, a league source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport on Wednesday.

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Following the Bears' Week 7 loss, in which Meriweather was flagged twice for launching his helmet into the head and neck area of defenseless receivers, Marshall called out the noted headhunter while Bennett expressed a desire to punch him in the face.

Meriweather has proven to be either a dirty player or a foolish one.

The NFL attempted to send a loud message with the unprecedented two-game ban for a repeatoffender. It has to be frustrating that a third party has essentially let Meriweather off with a slap on the wrist.

The league office can fix that problem by permanently banning Meriweather the next time he uses his helmet as a weapon.

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