RICHMOND — Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said he and the teamâs medical staff will keep a close eye on safety Brandon Meriweather, who remains in the process of working his way back from a knee surgery.
After handling a relatively normal workload on the first two days of camp, Meriweather had his snaps limited significantly on Saturday. He went through Saturday morningâs walk-through, but appeared to limp as he did. Then, Saturday afternoon, Meriweather did individual drills, but only took part in a handful of snaps in seven-on-seven action. He watched the first of 11-on-11 segment, and then made a brief appearance for the second. Wearing a light-weight knee brace â something he hadnât sported in the first two practices â Meriweather took part in a few plays and then returned to the sideline, where he removed the brace and watched the rest of practice.
Meriweather denied limping when asked how he was doing after practice. But Shanahan said he noticed the safety, who missed all but one half of football last season, didnât look the greatest, and that prompted the limiting of his activities.
âI could see him wanting to go,â Shanahan said. âHeâs a guy that youâve got to slow down because he wants to be out there. If you say, âHey, take yourself out. Slow Down,â he doesnât know what that means. Weâve limited some of his reps. Weâve limited them overall because I do see him being a little bit, or at least, on the edge where I donât want him to push himself too hard. Weâve got to get him back in football shape.â
Meriweather said that the knee brace â which appeared to be the DonJoy Playmaker, which Robert Griffin III wore late last season, and not the bulkier, more restrictive DonJoy Defiance that Griffin now wears â was a suggestion of the trainers. He added, âbut I donât think I really need it.â