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Brandon Meriweather Aggravates Knee; Aldrick Robinson Knocked Out

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

(Originally posted 10/1/12, 3:01 p.m.; Updated 10/1/12, 5:11 p.m.)

ASHBURN – Mike Shanahan said on Monday that Brandon Meriweather aggravated the sprained MCL and PCL in his left knee before the Washington Redskins’ 24-22 victory at Tampa Bay on Sunday and will not play in the upcoming game against Atlanta.

Meriweather

Meriweather, who has not played this season because of the knee, fell awkwardly following a collision with receiver Aldrick Robinson approximately two hours before the start of the game. He was trying to catch a pass in the end zone when he ran into Robinson, who has standing with his head down near the goal line.

The strong safety’s left shoulder appeared to hit Robinson in his left shoulder and head, and both players fell to the ground. Meriweather’s left knee buckled underneath him and he grabbed it in pain; Robinson laid on the turf for some time because he sustained a concussion.

Shanahan said Robinson was knocked unconscious “for over a minute” and was being evaluated by doctors all day Sunday and Monday.

“It looks good, but he’s gonna have to take some tests over the next couple of days,” Shanahan said. “If he looks OK and he passes those tests, then he’ll be able to practice and potentially able to play.”

Meriweather’s availability for the remainder of the season is uncertain, and the head coach said a better timetable for a return will be formulated next Monday. He originally injured the knee in Washington’s second preseason game, which came against Chicago on Aug. 18, then sprained the PCL and MCL in the knee in practice on Sept. 3.

He spoke glowingly on Friday about the opportunity to return against the Buccaneers. Officially considered a game-time decision by the Redskins – he was on the field working out to gauge his readiness when the collision happened – the team was planning on having Meriweather in the lineup.

“Me trying to get back [is] just me missing the game,” Meriweather said Friday. “It’s not the fact that we gave up 400 yards the past two weeks. That has nothing to do with it. It’s the fact that I love the game and I want to help my teammates. I feel like me sitting on the sidelines coaching is not helping my teammates as much as me being out there.”

Reed Doughty replaced Meriweather, though DeJon Gomes started in the strong safety’s place in the first three games. Doughty, in his seventh season, started 11 games at either safety position last year; Shanahan said Doughty started because he spent the week working as Meriweather’s backup in practice.

“It changes your mindset in the game,” said Doughty, who, until Sunday, had played a combined 10 snaps on defense during the first three games. “It changes my focus to make sure I’m up to snuff in my mind on the attention to detail, what it takes to go out and execute a [defensive] game plan.”

Meriweather, a two-time Pro Bowl safety, figured to reinforce a Redskins secondary that had been largely responsible with allowing 429.3 yards per game over the first three weeks. He spent last season in Chicago after four in New England and signed a two-year, $6 million contract to join the Redskins in March.

Robinson, in his second year, has seven catches for 104 yards and a touchdown this season.

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