Brandon Meriweather wants to play Saturday, but remains unsure


Washington’s defensive backs coach Raheem Morris, left, works with free safety Brandon Meriweather on the fourth day of training camp. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Strong safety Brandon Meriweather said that he would like to make his preseason debut Saturday when the Redskins host the Buffalo Bills. But he doesn’t yet know if his coaches and the team’s medical personnel will allow him to do so.

Meriweather has spent the offseason and training camp working his way back from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament last fall. He has practiced on varying levels since the start of training camp. He practiced fully to start camp, then missed time while letting soreness in his surgically repaired right knee subside.

Meriweather last week practiced fully for four consecutive days – his longest stretch of camp – while working on the scout-team defense.

He said Wednesday morning that he feels good and would like to play, but added that it wasn’t his call. The Redskins could opt to hold Meriweather out until the season opener on Sept. 9.

The Redskins started DeJon Gomes at strong safety in the last preseason game. Reed Doughty and Jordan Pugh also are competing for time at starting strong safety until Meriweather returns.

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What’s ahead:

The Redskins practice today at 1 p.m. Mike Shanahan and Robert Griffin III speak to reporters afterward.

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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Mike Jones · August 21, 2013