Haslett defends Brandon Meriweather

ASHBURN, Va. -- A week ago, Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said he was more concerned with Brandon Meriweather's tackling than his suspension. Now he's just happy to have Meriweather back and he's confident he'll tackle within the rules.

Meriweather missed Sunday's 45-21 loss to the Denver Broncos while serving a one-game suspension. Meriweather returned with a bang Monday, about how he'll tackle in the future and with pointed comments regarding Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall. Meriweather confirmed that he apologized to NFL Players' Association executive director DeMaurice Smith for his comments on Monday.

"I guess I just got to take people's knees out. That's the only way," Meriweather said Monday. "I would hate to end a guy's career over a rule, but I guess it's better other people than me getting suspended for longer. You just have to go low now, man. You've got to end people's careers. You got to tear people's ACLs and mess up people's knees. You can't hit them high anymore."

But Haslett was ready to defend his starting safety.

"Brandon's a good guy," he said. "He's a good person. I don't think he'll do anything that harms the team. He said something out of emotion, the way he felt. But just knowing Brandon and the way he practiced [Wednesday]... he'll stay within the rules and do what's best. He's not going to try and hurt our football team."