Brandon Meriweather Optimistic After Full Practice
A strained groin kept the strong safety out of the season opener against the Eagles, but a full practice on Wednesday has him thinking he’ll be able to play Sunday.
BY ZAC BOYER
ASHBURN – The ferocity in which Brandon Meriweather was tackling players in his lone game last season had Barry Cofield standing in amazement.
“That game he played last year, it was like he had a star in Mario Bros.,” Cofield said. “He just ran through everybody. He was invincible. He was in turbo speed and we were all regular people.”
That could happen again as soon as Sunday. Meriweather went through a full practice for the first time in over a week when he did so on Wednesday, and should his strained groin give him no additional problems, he will be in line to make his debut against the Packers.
Meriweather was limited in practice all of last week after experiencing some type of flare-up in the muscle on Monday. He said Thursday that he doesn’t know the cause of the injury and suggested it could be the result of fatigue or dehydration, but said it absolutely wasn’t connected to the preseason finale against the Buccaneers, in which he played the first half.
“It’s been very frustrating,” Meriweather said. “You know, I told y’all last year, the worst thing is sitting there watching your team go through something and you’re just sitting there watching. It’s frustrating to sit on the sidelines and watch the people that, you know, you went through camp with and you grew to love go through a war and you’re not there to help them.”
Meriweather missed the first nine games of last season with a sprained left knee then returned in a Week 11 victory over the Eagles, only to tear the ACL in his right knee and miss the final six regular-season games.
He played well in that game, finishing with seven tackles and an interception before leaving in the third quarter.
Meriweather was expected to play in his first regular-season game since the knee injury on Monday in the opener against the Eagles, but a pregame workout with strength and conditioning coach Ray Wright demonstrated that the strong safety wasn’t ready to play.
Now, he believes, he is.
“I’m confident in my trainers,” Meriweather said. “I’m confident that they did everything possible to get me ready to play this season and I’m confident that my coaches kept me out long enough and put me in at the right time. I’m confident in myself that I know my playbook well enough and I can go out there and perform whatever my coaches ask of me. I’m confident in everything around me.”