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Brandon Meriweather suspension reduced to one game

Washington Redskins strong safety Brandon Meriweather tosses away

Washington Redskins strong safety Brandon Meriweather tosses away the ball after a play during a game against the Detroit Lions. (Sept. 22, 2013) (Credit: AP)

Washington safety Brandon Meriweather, who was suspended for two games because of two illegal hits he delivered in Sunday's game against the Bears, had the suspension reduced to one game. Former NFL assistant coach Ted Cottrell, who heard the appeal, decided to cut in half the suspenion. 

Meriweather, who has a reputation for delivering blows to the head, will lose $70,588 in salary as he sits out Sunday's game against the Broncos. 

Earlier this season, Meriweather was fined $42,000 for delivering an illegal hit to Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy. 

This is the first time in the last two years that a suspension has actually been enforced. Last year, Cottrell overturned a one-game suspension to Texans safety Ed Reed, and earlier this season, Matt Birk overturned a one-game suspension on Bucs safety Dashon Goldson. 

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