Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather played with a reckless abandon in Sunday's loss to Green Bay.
First he collided with running back Eddie Lacy head-first, knocking the rookie out with a concussion. Later, Meriweather collided helmet-to-helmet with another Packers player, which resulted in the safety experiencing a concussion of his own.
Appearing on the ROME show on CBS Sports Network, Packers receiver Randall Cobb said Meriweather was gunning for these kind of big hits during his time on the field.
"I know this game [Meriweather] played with an intent to hit,” Cobb told show host Jim Rome. “I don't know if it was so much to try to take people out but he was playing to trying to make plays for his teams and it kind of cost one of our players and himself obviously. I think you have to really play with that edge but you have to be smart about the plays you make.”
That's certainly something the NFL is trying to avoid with the new player safety rules. Meriweather, coming off a slew of injuries of his own was likely trying to prove he can still be the hard-hitting NFL safety he once was in New England.
But for his own sake, Meriweather may want to re-think his approach to tackling players on the field.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.