Brandon Meriweather loses appeal


Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather lost his appeal and will serve his two-game suspension, the NFL announced Saturday.

Meriweather will miss the first two games of the season after the NFL ruled that his hit against Baltimore receiver Torrey Smith in the third preseason game was illegal. It’s the sixth time Meriweather has been penalized by the NFL for a hit.

Meriweather was suspended two games last season, but had it reduced to one on appeal. Meriweather had been playing well this summer, working at his more natural spot of strong safety. The Redskins have not yet said who will replace him in the first two games, but Bacarri Rambo is the most experienced backup and replaced Meriweather in the lineup when he missed some time with an injury.

Meriweather will be placed on the reserve/suspended list. The Redskins have four safeties as of now: Rambo, Ryan Clark, Trenton Robinson and Akeem Davis. Corner E.J. Biggers can play there in certain packages.