Brandon Meriweather stays positive, after demotion

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Bears safety Brandon Meriweather refuses to make excuses, although he was thrust into the starting lineup in Week 2.

“I’m not an excuse maker. I feel, if you throw me in a situation, I’ll come out feet first,” he said. “I landed on my head, on this one. But it’s still a long season. I’m hoping everything will get better, in time.”

Meriweather acknowledged that the safeties have been giving up to many big plays and coaches have to act accordingly. Last week, he and Chris Harris were benched, and rookie Chris Conte and Major Wright started at the safety spots.

“The decision they made, of course I’m not happy about it. But I got to understand,” he said. “It’s a business. It’s a, ‘What have you done for me lately’ business.

“I’m sure, sooner or later, I’ll be back out there. I just have to be patient, and get back to the basics.”

The Bears may want to consider putting him back in the lineup for the upcoming game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in London. In 2009, when he was with the New England Patriots, Meriweather intercepted two passes — returning one of them for a 39-yard touchdown — in a 35-7 rout of the Bucs.

Asked about his favorite part of the trip to London, he said, “The game was the highlight for me.”

He said players will have fun there.

“It’s something new. A lot of guys don’t even leave the country, that often,” he said. “So when you get a chance, you get to enjoy it.”

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