By Bill Bradley, contributing editor
The suspension of Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather was reduced from two games to one after his appeal, the NFL announced Wednesday.
Ted Cottrell, the hearing officer in Meriweather's case, made the decision after the defensive back's appeal. Cottrell is a jointly appointed arbiter by the NFL and NFL Players Association to hear and decide appeals for on-field player discipline.
The Miami, Fla., product will miss Sunday's game at the Denver Broncos. The suspension includes a one-game loss of pay.
Meriweather was suspended Monday for repeated violations of the NFL's safety rules, including two helmet-to-helmet hits on Chicago Bears players during Sunday's win.