Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather was back with the team on Monday following a one-game suspension for illegal hits, and back in the spotlight this week after the comments he made at his locker to begin the work week.
Meriweather said that because of the suspension -- for leading with his helmet and repeatedly hitting defenseless receivers -- he would have to change his style.
"I guess I've just got to take people's knees out," Meriweather said. "That's the only way. ... I'd hate to end a guy's career, you know, over a rule. But I guess it's better other people than me getting suspended for longer. ... To be honest, man, you've just got to go low now. You've got to end people's careers, you know? You've got to tear people's ACLs and mess up people's knees now. You can't hit them high no more. You've just got to go low."
NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said in a statement Thursday that he discussed the comments with Meriweather.
"I spoke to Brandon. He is passionate about the game, and I know he is sorry for what he said," Smith said. "He is concentrating on helping his team win the rest of the season. Brandon knows that all players have a responsibility to each other and to play within the rules of the game."
Meriweather received criticism last week over comments against Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall, who was on the receiving end of one of Meriweather's controversial hits.
"He feels like 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," Meriweather said.
Marshall has been arrested -- but never convicted -- on alleged domestic-abuse charges before.
"You tell me who you'd rather have?" Meriweather said. "Someone who plays aggressive on the field or someone who beat up their girlfriend?"