Redskins still trying to get Brandon Meriweather to lower target

Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather looks to be a high hit away from a long suspension if he doesn't learn to keep his hits low.

The now-notorious head hunter has the attention of new head coach Jay Gruden, who will try to do what he can for that not to happen. But as the old adage goes, teaching an old dog new tricks doesn't always pay off.

Meriweather has been fined more than $135,00 throughout his career for illegal hits.

"He understands the next one is going to be a longer suspension," Gruden said, via ESPN's John Keim. "We talked about that. I told him he is going to get a two-practice suspension if he doesn't lower his target. He's a good player. He's tough, he's physical. He wants to do the right thing."

"Sometimes at that position, though, and the ball is in the air, he's trying to knock the ball out and sometimes they unfortunately make contact head-to-head, and it's not intentional," he explained. "I don't think he has the intent to injure people. I think he has the intent to get the player down and get the ball out. Sometimes those instances look worse than they are, but he does have to really watch his area of target, and, hopefully, we will keep him on the field for 16 weeks because he is much needed in the secondary."