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NFL notebook: Redskins’ Meriweather vows to hit knees

Associated Press

After saying he’s going to “take peoples’ knees out” to avoid another suspension for hits to the head, Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather struck another blow — declaring that “people who beat their girlfriends should be kicked out of the league.”

Meriweather’s comments were a retort referencing the checkered domestic violence past of Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall, who last week suggested that players such as Meriweather should perhaps be “taken out of the game completely” to make the game safer.

“Everybody got their opinion,” Meriweather said Monday. “If he feel like, you know, I need to be kicked out of the league, I feel like people who beat their girlfriends should be kicked out of the league, too. You tell me who you’d rather have — somebody who plays aggressive on the field, or somebody who beat up their girlfriend?”

Marshall’s career has occasionally been overshadowed by off-the-field troubles, including multiple arrests following confrontations with a girlfriend when he was playing for the Denver Broncos. None of the arrests led to a conviction.

Marshall addressed the matter briefly in an appearance on ESPN 1000.

“As far as what he said today, you can only pray for someone with those feelings. So that’s all I have to say about that.”

Seahawks 14, Rams 9

Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes to Golden Tate, and the Seattle Seahawks made a dramatic goal-line stand in the final minute to beat the host St. Louis Rams on Monday night.

The Seahawks (7-1), riding the best start in franchise history, were forced to punt with just over 5 minutes left in the game, but they managed to pin St. Louis at its own 3-yard line.

Backup quarterback Kellen Clemens marched the Rams (3-5) to the Seattle 1, but Daryl Richardson was stuffed on third down and Clemens threw incomplete on fourth down as time expired.

The Seahawks won despite gaining just 135 yards of total offense, 80 of it on Wilson’s second TD pass to Tate.

Mitchell complains

Carolina Panthers free safety Mike Mitchell said he’s being “targeted” by Commissioner Roger Goodell after receiving his fifth fine of the season from the NFL.

Mitchell was fined $7,875 last week by the league for taunting after he shoved Rams quarterback Sam Bradford out of bounds during a game on Oct. 20. Bradford suffered a season-ending knee injury on the play.

Mitchell wasn’t penalized for taunting in the game.

“I’m being targeted because I play football physical, but I’m not out here cheap-shotting guys and doing dirty plays like I’ve seen people from Detroit do,” Mitchell said. “I’m not going to name names. But I’m not out here doing those things so why I’m getting fined I really have no idea.”

Mitchell went on to say that the fine money “goes right in Roger’s pockets — right in his pocket.”



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