Reed Doughty is preparing to start if needed

September 3, 2012

Redskins safety Reed Doughty and former cornerback Kevin Barnes in training camp Aug. 1. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Veteran safety Reed Doughty said Monday he is preparing this week as if he will start for the Washington Redskins in Sunday’s season opener at New Orleans.

But Doughty’s role could depend on whether Brandon Meriweather is healthy after missing the final two preseason games with a knee injury, and Doughty said he didn’t know where things stand with Meriweather.

“I have no idea, honestly,” Doughty said. “We’re just in game-plan mode right now. Everybody is kind of figuring out what they want to do. I don’t know anything about the extent of it. We’ll just have to see how it plays out later in the week.”

Meriweather was on the field for the Redskins’ practice, which was held in their indoor practice facility Monday. But he was not available to comment after practice. Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan did not speak to reporters Monday.

Meriweather and Madieu Williams, both signed as free agents in the offseason, are listed as the Redskins’ starters at safety. Tanard Jackson probably would have been next in line for a starting job, but he was suspended for at least a year Friday for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy for a third time.

That leaves Doughty, DeJon Gomes or rookie Jordan Bernstine to start if Meriweather is unable to play this week.

“I just prepare every game like I’m going to be the starter,” Doughty said. “I’ve had the opportunity to start a lot of games here. But right now I’m just focused on the game plan. If I end up starting, if I end up playing a lot, that’s what happens. But I’m focused on special teams and learning the game plan in case they need me.”

 

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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Mark Maske · September 3, 2012