SS Brandon Meriweather out for season opener

Brandon Meriweather

Safety Brandon Meriweather’s appearance last season against the Eagles will remain his only regular season game played as a Redskins for now. (Ricky Carioti/Washington Post)

Strong safety Brandon Meriweather will not play in the Washington Redskins‘ season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. Eighth-year veteran Reed Doughty will start in his place.

Meriweather had been listed as questionable for the game because of a groin injury suffered last Monday.

Meriweather spent the offseason working his way back from anterior cruciate ligament surgery, and played in the first two quarters of the preseason finale at Tampa Bay. His surgically repaired right knee responded favorably to that action. But then he hurt his groin. Meriweather last season played only one half of a football game while plagued by knee injuries.

Meriweather on Monday took the field for a round of pregame warmups under the direction of strength and conditioning coach Ray Wright. But he obviously wasn’t healthy enough for the team to give him the green light.

The team’s other inactives: Quarterbacks Rex Grossman and Pat White, running back Evan Royster, guard Josh LeRibeus, safety Jose Gumbs, and nose tackle Chris Neild.

Meanwhile, nose tackle Barry Cofield, who fractured his right hand in the second preseason game and hadn’t played since, will indeed play. He experimented with several different casts in last week’s practice and was listed as questionable on Saturday’s injury report.

Backup quarterback Kirk Cousins (mid-foot sprain) also had been listed as probable, and will play.

Also active for the Redskins is rookie running back Chris Thompson, who is expected to handle punt return duties.

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