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ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden says safety Brandon Meriweather will appeal a two-game suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Torrey Smith.

Gruden said Tuesday he felt Meriweather's hit on the Baltimore Ravens receiver was a "legitimate football play" and that the team will do what it can to get the suspension revoked or reduced.

The play occurred in the second quarter of Saturday night's preseason win. The NFL said it was Meriweather's sixth violation of player safety rules.

Meriweather was suspended for two games last year for a pair of helmet-first hits, but the penalty was reduced to one game after an appeal.

If the suspension stands, he would miss the first two regular season games. Gruden said second-year player Bacarri Rambo would likely start in Meriweather's spot.

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