Brandon Marshall: Praying for Meriweather

CHICAGO -- Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall responded to Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather referencing Marshall’s past allegations of domestic abuse on Monday, telling ESPN 1000’s “Waddle and Silvy Show” that he is praying for Meriweather and that the two are simply on “different pages” when it comes to player safety.

“I’m praying for that guy," Marshall said. "He actually reached out to me last week and I told him that I was more concerned about him and his health, because I think a few weeks before our game I saw him lying on the field just out cold. It was a scary situation. I never want to see him or any player lay out like that. 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.”

Marshall publicly criticized Meriweather when the Bears played the Redskins on October 20 after the safety delivered a pair of illegal hits that eventually earned him a one-game suspension, going as far as to say the Washington defender, who has a history of being fined by the NFL for illegal contact, should be removed from the game entirely.

In response, Meriweather told reporters: "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.”

Marshall revealed that he had a phone conversation with Meriweather just last week, but the two players failed to connect, even though they both played high school football in the Orlando, Fla., area around the same time.

“From my end, I think it was more about, 'Hey man ... life after football ... your safety ... other guy’s safety ... that was kind of scary seeing you laid out against Green Bay ... I played in the same area you played in during high school in Orlando ... we always knew of each other,” Marshall said. For him, it was more about the money, being suspended and missing a game. We were on two different pages.

“I’m just praying for that guy. I just want to see the health of the league get better and for guys to stay healthy. For guys like that, I’m just going to pray for them.”

The Bears Pro Bowl wideout also reacted to Meriweather’s declaration that he will begin to aim low when making a tackle which will likely result in the safety causing an opponent to tear an ACL or suffer another serious knee injury.

“I just feel bad for the guys remaining on their schedule,” Marshall said. “It is tough (the rules) on defensive backs, especially, there are even some things that I don’t understand. When it’s a moving target it’s tough to aim for the shoulder or the body, so it is tough, but you don’t want to start seeing guys get hit in the knees. I don’t know what to say about it. It’s a tough situation. I don’t want to go any further.”