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Brandon Meriweather Aggravated Left Knee, Out Two To Four Weeks

By ZAC BOYER | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – Brandon Meriweather sprained the MCL and PCL in his left knee during practice on Monday and will miss two to four weeks, including Sunday’s season opener at New Orleans, according to Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan.


“He feels a little more optimistic than that, but the doctor felt it would take a little time,” Shanahan said Wednesday.

The head coach described the injury as “a freak accident,” but gave no other details. Meriweather, the Redskins’ starting strong safety, originally injured the left knee in the first quarter of the Redskins’ preseason game at Chicago on Aug. 18 and sat out the next two games as a precautionary measure.

He returned to practice Monday and participated fully, and Shanahan said “he was fine until that time.” He wore a brace on the left knee when coming off the practice field and had the left knee in a compression sleeve while in the locker room earlier Wednesday.

Shanahan did not say who would replace Meriweather in the Redskins’ starting lineup. Reed Doughty and DeJon Gomes each started at the position last year in place of injured starter LaRon Landry, who is now with the New York Jets.