Posted by Will Brinson
Bears safety Brandon Meriweather's found himself on the losing end of the infamous NFL fine envelope once already this year, and now he's losing again -- Meriweather's been fined another $25,000 by the league.
According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, Meriweather was tagged with the fine for a late hit last Monday in Detroit, which was flagged for unnecessary roughness.
Add that to the fact that Meriweather's been benched for Week 6's game against Minnesota, and it this probably isn't the greatest week of his life. But it could get worse -- Peter King of Sports Illustrated reported on Friday evening that Meriweather could face a suspension from the league if his on-field behavior continues.
"Unless there's a drastic change in his play, he may be invited to talk to us," NFL VP Ray Anderson told King.
King did say, however, that Anderson, who is "disturbed" by Meriweather's play, wasn't necessarily guaranteeing a suspension, but he would certainly received a warning of a suspension if he continues to draw fines for illegal hits.
Meriweather was one of the players fined heavily a year ago during "Safety Week," when the NFL levied a slew of heavy fines on a number of players for illegal hits and threatened suspension. (Meriweather was fined $50,000 which was later reduced to $40,000.)
Which makes us wonder what, exactly, an NFL defender needs to do in order to warrant a suspension. Apparently, it's going to require a serious injury sustained on a clearly illegal helmet-to-helmet hit.
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