Posted September 15, 2013

Eddie Lacy suffers concussion on high hit by Brandon Meriweather

Green Bay Packers, NFC East, NFC North, Washington Redskins
Eddie Lacy (concussion) left Sunday's game after just one carry.

Eddie Lacy (concussion) left Sunday’s game after just one carry. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

The Green Bay Packers lost Eddie Lacy early Sunday, and Brandon Meriweather’s wallet likely will be significantly lighter as a result.

Meriweather, the Redskins’ starting safety caught, Lacy with a high hit that appeared to be helmet-to-helmet at the tail end of Lacy’s first carry. Lacy was taken to the locker room and the Packers announced shortly thereafter that he would miss the remainder of the game due to a concussion.

No flag was thrown on the play, though there appeared to be significant cause for one — both FOX announcer Troy Aikman and former NFL official Mike Pereira argued that Meriweather should have received a personal foul for leading with the crown of his helmet.

Here’s a look at the hit:

Even if Lacy had returned to the game, Meriweather would have been in danger of receiving a fine. He was hit with a $50,000 fine in 2010 for a helmet-to-helmet hit (the punishment was reduced to $40K on appeal), then was hit with a $20,000 fine in ’11 as well. Those past transgressions certainly would put Meriweather in the repeat offender category. Ndamukong Suh recently found out how expensive that tag can be — he was fined $100K for his low block on Minnesota’s John Sullivan last week.

Meriweather later suffered an injury of his own, on another violent collision with a Packers running back. This one occurred as Meriweather lowered his head and smacked helmets with James Starks.

Meriweather stayed down on the field for several minutes, before walking to the Redskins’ locker room with a reported concussion.

18 comments
MattRadix
MattRadix

Live by the sword, die by the sword.  I have to admit, I did laugh when Meriweather collapsed like a wet noodle, and thought how just Karma can be sometimes.

Hola
Hola

Starks lowered his head as well.

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

No penalty on either one of Meriweather's obviously intentional helmet to helmet hits. The refs are going to get some tough love from Uncle Roger this week. 

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Glad Meriweather is out....TWO times and he deserves it.  

JesseBernal
JesseBernal

Mariweather needs to learn how to tackle, this guy is dangerous.  Both of these hits should lead to a fine or suspension. 

cylon6cylon6
cylon6cylon6

This is the type of contact football is trying to stop- helmet to helmet.  The old school will ask, how else would you tackle Lacey there when he lowered his helmet and leaned in to the contact?  I don't have a great answer.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Fines aren't enough. Suspensions, and multi-game ones, are the only way to stop these cheap, dangerous hits. Also, there is no reason officials can't use replay to kick players out of the game if they missed the penalty in real time. If the NFL is serious about player safety they need to step up enforcement considerably.

Nashvillain
Nashvillain

@cylon6cylon6 Lacy didn't lower his head he was spinning and Meriweather lead with the crown of his helmet directly into his ear flap.  He should have been ejected for that hit.  that's not old school.

RyanWI
RyanWI

@cylon6cylon6 Mariweather had no clue if the runners were lowering their helmets because his was already down.  He is going to either seriously hurt another player, or himself some day.  I just pray he gets paralyzed before he ends someone's career.

train805
train805

I think that is james starks lowering his head in that gif.

MattRadix
MattRadix

@train805 I think you need to look again at Mariweather, he is aiming like a missile with his helmet right at the runners head.  He doesn't have is arms extended to wrap up or anything, clearly he intended on a violent hit.  Starks lowers his shoulder anticipating a hit.  Mariweather hits Starks on the side of the helmet, this time injuring himself instead of the other player unlike earlier in the game.

Pat11
Pat11

@riley8 @Rickapolis The ex players shoudnt have sued for a billion dollars of they are so dang tough. NFL needs to police these Roid heads before they all cripple themselves

JesseBernal
JesseBernal

@riley8 @Rickapolis 

You don't understand the severity of a concussion.  Doctors are barely scratching the surface on the long term effects of these helmet to helmet hits.  Meriweather is so dangerous he knocked himself out.

DmN33
DmN33

@MattRadix @train805 Exactly. Starks isn't running "at" Meriweather (that piece of ...) with his helmet lowered - he's running up the field. It's Meriweather that launches himself helmet first once again.