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Source: Brandon Meriweather Set To Make Debut For Redskins On Sunday

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – After missing the first nine games because of a series of injuries to his left knee, Brandon Meriweather is expected to make his debut for the Washington Redskins on Sunday when they host Philadelphia, according to a source with knowledge of the team’s plans.

Meriweather

Meriweather, who signed a two-year, $6 million contract to be the Redskins’ starting strong safety in March, has not yet played for the team. He tore the PCL and sprained the MCL in the knee in a collision with receiver Aldrick Robinson on Sept. 30, when he originally hoped to play in his first game.

His return should boost a defense that has sagged this season in allowing 397.9 yards per game, including 301.7 yards through the air – the third-worst mark in the league.

A two-time Pro Bowl safety in New England in his sixth season, Meriweather originally sprained a ligament in his left knee during a preseason game at Chicago and was expected to miss up to a month, but was aiming to return for the Redskins’ season opener at New Orleans on Sept. 9.

He aggravated the knee in practice on Sept. 3, requiring additional rehabilitation, and was expected to make his debut against Tampa Bay on Sept. 30, only to collide with Robinson, fall backward and land awkwardly on the leg while warming up roughly two hours before the game.

Meriweather was expected to miss four to six weeks following the injury, and he was targeting the Redskins’ game against Carolina on Nov. 4 for a potential return. Lingering soreness during his return to practice earlier that week convinced the team to hold off on a potential return until after the bye week, which would allow Meriweather an additional opportunity to rest the knee while undergoing treatment at Redskins Park while the team was off.

The strong safety has avoided to talk about his potential return on Wednesday and Thursday, but he said Monday that the knee has been feeling as good as it has all season, “besides when we first came in” for training camp.

Head coach Mike Shanahan said Thursday that Meriweather reported being “a bit sore” after Wednesday’s practice, but that he looked fine while going through limited drill work in pads that day.

“I thought he had a good practice today, so I’m hoping there is no setback tomorrow,” Shanahan said.

DeJon Gomes started the first two games of the season at strong safety before being replaced by Reed Doughty, though Jordan Pugh has worked into the rotation, especially on deep passing downs, over the last five games.

A first-round draft pick out of Miami in 2007, Meriweather played his first five seasons in New England before being released at the start of last season as rosters were finalized. He then signed with Chicago, but he started just four of the 11 games in which he played.

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