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Mike Shanahan insisted the suspension taught the safety a lesson. The nature of that lesson is debatable.

The best thing you can say about his week off is that he didn’t attempt to remove another opponent’s head.

Everything and everyone seems to be at fault — officials, rules, opponents — but him.

In response to Bears receiver Brandon Marshall suggesting Meriweather should be kicked out of the league, Meriweather’s petulance rose another notch.

“Everybody got their opinion,” Meriweather told reporters. “He feel like I need to be kicked out of the league? You know, I feel like people who beat their girlfriends should be kicked out the league, too. So, you tell me who you’d rather have: Somebody who play aggressive on the field, or somebody who beat up their girlfriend? You know, everybody got their opinion, so that’s mine, that’s his.”

A civil suit against Marshall was thrown out of court in 2012. And Meriweather is no stranger to a variety of trouble on and off the field. But why let pesky facts interfere with his attempt to deflect attention from the senseless hit that angered Marshall in the first place? That style of play, the one Meriweather sees as fulfilling the safety’s job to intimidate, is what led to this mess in the first place.

Sure, he can dish out late hits on the field. But the justifiable frustration they elicit — Meriweather’s technique has long been criticized by opponents — is enough to push him into the verbal abyss and make him act as if he’s somehow the victim. He can’t take the consequences.

But what message is Meriweather supposed to take from the suspension? The NFL screams safety from the rooftops. When opportunity enters to make an example of a longtime head-shot artist, the two-game wrist-slap is turned into a one-game finger-wag by an arbitrator and Meriweather emerges talking about injuring opponents.

The behavior is enough to make you worry about football’s toll on Meriweather. To make you wonder if a team with more depth than the Redskins at safety would admit the headache is too great and cut ties. To make you wonder if he learned anything when nothing seems to have changed.