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Trent Williams, Pierre Garcon Officially Questionable For Tampa Bay

By ZAC BOYER | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – Brandon Meriweather will likely make his debut for the Washington Redskins on Sunday at Tampa Bay, with head coach Mike Shanahan declaring Friday he is probable to return from a sprained left knee.


Meriweather, who signed a two-year, $6 million contract to become the Redskins’ starting strong safety in March, originally injured the left knee in the second preseason game. He aggravated it on Sept. 3, spraining his MCL and PCL, and missed the first three games.

“I mean, I’d be ecstatic [to play],” Meriweather said. “I love to play the game. Any time you get to go out there and actually play in a real game, something that means something, you get to a spot that we ain’t been in in a while, it’s meaningful.”

Left tackle Trent Williams is listed as questionable on the injury report with a bone bruise in his right knee, though it appears he’s unlikely to play after being limited at practice Friday and will be replaced by Jordan Black. The Redskins also ruled receiver Pierre Garçon as questionable with a sprained right foot, running back Evan Royster probable with a sprained PCL in his right knee and receiver Leonard Hankerson probable with an undisclosed back injury.

Receiver and return specialist Brandon Banks is also questionable with an undisclosed hip injury he sustained in practice this week. If Banks can’t play, Aldrick Robinson would return kickoffs and Richard Crawford would return punts.

The only player Shanahan said definitely will not play against the Buccaneers on Sunday is cornerback Cedric Griffin, who injured a hamstring against Cincinnati. Newly signed David Jones will serve as the Redskins’ fourth cornerback, with Crawford playing on nickel packages.