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A Day After Returning To Practice, Brandon Meriweather Sits Out Again

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – A day after returning to practice in a limited fashion for the first time since Sept. 28, Brandon Meriweather was held out of action completely Thursday afternoon.

Meriweather

The Washington Redskins’ strong safety has been attempting to recover from a sprained MCL and PCL in his left knee that has cost him all seven games this season. He’s had multiple setbacks related to the knee, which he originally injured in the preseason game at Chicago on Aug. 18, then aggravated again in practice on Sept. 3.

But it was in a pregame collision with receiver Aldrick Robinson that Meriweather sustained the latest, and greatest, damage to the knee. Meriweather was readying for his return at Tampa Bay on Sept. 30 when he was running a route that took him to the end zone, where he collided with an inattentive Robinson and fell awkwardly on the leg.

Head coach Mike Shanahan said afterward Meriweather would likely miss an additional four to six weeks, which would have put him on track to return on or around the Redskins’ Nov. 11 bye week.

That timetable allowed Meriweather to practice on Wednesday, but the team chose to err on the side of caution when addressing swelling in the knee.

“He’s a little sore,” Shanahan said after practice. “You don’t want to over-push him. I thought he had a good day yesterday. He was limited, but you could tell that pushing him today maybe would have been too much. We don’t want to set him back.”

Meriweather was intended to be the Redskins’ starting strong safety when he signed a two-year, $6 million contract in March. He was replaced by DeJon Gomes in the first two games and Reed Doughty for the last five.

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