LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather knows he's probably going to get fined by the NFL after being flagged for two helmet-to-helmet hits against the Chicago Bears.
After the Bears' 45-41 win on Sunday, Meriweather walked among the defensive teammates in the locker room with some cash in his hand and jokingly asked: ''Anybody else want to chip in on my dinner? I can't afford it right now.''
Meriweather led with his helmet on Alshon Jeffery in the third quarter and Brandon Marshall in the fourth quarter. He's already been fined $42,000 this season for a helmet-first hit and suffered a concussion on another one - both against the Green Bay Packers in Week 2.
''I talked to them about my last fine and they told me `you know, go lower' - and I did that, and I still got flagged for it,'' Meriweather said. ''So, I mean, I really don't know.''
As a repeat offender, Meriweather faces a possible suspension from the league.
''I feel like every hit that I took (today) was a legit hit,'' he said. ''I wasn't trying to be dirty. I wasn't trying to hurt nobody. I didn't lead with my, didn't launch with my head. I used my shoulder like they told me to do.''
Marshall also cited Meriweather's growing reputation for illegal hits.
''I understand big hits,'' Marshall said. ''That's a part of our game, but when you have a guy that does it week in and week out, that's when it becomes a problem.''
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said the team is working with Meriweather to improve his technique.
''It's one of those things where you want them to be aggressive, but get lower,'' Shanahan said. ''Mainly just talking from the team's standpoint, not even talking about the possible injury or possible fines or things that go with it, we have to eliminate those 15-yard penalties.''
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