With safety Brandon Meriweather poised to potentially return to the Washington Redskins’ lineup this weekend in Green Bay, he acknowledged Thursday that it has been trying on him dealing with the string of injuries he has suffered since signing with the team prior to last season.
“It’s been very frustrating,” Meriweather said in the locker room at Redskins Park. “I told you 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 sideline and watch the people that you went through camp with and you’ve grown to love.”
Meriweather has played one of the Redskins’ 17 regular season games since he signed with the team. He had a series of knee injuries last season, and missed portions of training camp and the preseason this summer as he worked his way back. But after playing in the preseason finale, he suffered a groin injury last week that caused him to be on the inactive list for Monday night’s season-opening loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
He said Thursday he’s now confident that his knee is sound.
“I’m confident in my trainers,” Meriweather said. “I’m confident that they did everything possible to get me ready to play this season. 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 the playbook well enough and I can go out there and perform whatever my coaches ask of me. I’m confident in everything around me.”
Coach Mike Shanahan said after Meriweather practiced fully Wednesday that he expects Meriweather to be ready to play Sunday against the Packers, barring a setback later this week. Meriweather did not dispute that.
“Hey, whatever Coach says, that’s what I go by, man,” he said. “I have no disagreement with Coach, you know. Coach is a smart guy. He knows players. He knows our movements. He knows us very well. So if he feels like I’m ready to go play, I’m gonna go play.”
The Redskins are hopeful that Meriweather will make a difference to their defense.
“I’d love to have him back,” defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said Thursday. “I haven’t seen him play for so long, I’m not sure. But hopefully — I said the same thing last week. I thought he was going to play last week and he didn’t. So we’ll see.”
Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesday.
● We’ll check in with Kai Forbath after a rare missed a field goal in Week 1.
● The Redskins practice at 11:50 a.m. on Friday.
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