Washington Redskins strong safety Brandon Meriweather (31) knocks the ball from Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) in the end zone in the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. Merriweather was called for a penalty on the play. The Redskins won 45-41. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
(USA Today) -- The NFL doesn't intend to punish Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather for his remarks Monday about the league's rules on high hits and the implication he'll now target knees instead.
"We are not approaching it as a matter that requires discipline," league spokesman Greg Aiello wrote in an email to USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday afternoon.
Monday was Meriweather's first day back with the Redskins following a one-game suspension for multiple helmet-first hits against defenseless receivers, including two in the Redskins' win over the Chicago Bears on Oct. 20.
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Meriweather, who was fined for a helmet-first hit against the Green Bay Packers earlier in this season, was initially suspended for two games by the NFL. He had the sanction cut in half after an appeal.
Asked if he plans to change how he plays, Meriweather told reporters Monday: "I guess I've just got to take people's knees out. I'd hate to end a guy's career over a rule, but I guess it's better (for something to happen to) other people than me getting suspended for longer.
"You've just got to go low now," he said. "You've got to end people's career. You've got to tear people's ACLs and mess up people's knees now. You can't hit 'em high anymore."
Meriweather said earlier this season that he had changed his approach, yet he was still getting flagged.
"I just have to change more now," he said. "They told me to use my shoulder; I used my shoulder - I still get fined. They still say I used my head. ... Everybody is looking at the tape and saying, 'Oh, he's a dirty player, he's this, he's that,' which I get, but the thing about it - go look at the tape. I didn't use my head in either hit, and I'm moving on from it."
Meriweather conceded he did launch himself at one of the defenseless receivers against the Bears, another no-no as the league tries to cut down on injuries.
Meriweather said attacking receivers' knees will require some practice.
"Once you do something so much, it becomes habit," he said. "And I think if in practice I simulate going low, I think it'll become habit and I'll be able to do it in the game."