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Brandon Meriweather hopes to energize Redskins’ secondary

Brandon Meriweather (Charles Rex Arbogast/The Associated Press)


Safety Brandon Meriweather said he hopes to bring a dose of energy to the Washington Redskins’ secondary if he joins the lineup this weekend.

“I’m not necessarily talking about talent because I feel like to be in the NFL, everybody has got to be talented,” Meriweather said after Monday’s practice at Redskins Park. “I think just the way I approach the game and the way I play the game, I think, brings a little more excitement to the game.”

Meriweather participated in Monday’s practice on a limited basis, according to Coach Mike Shanahan, and the Redskins are hopeful that he will make his Redskins debut Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedEx Field.

Meriweather, signed as a free agent in the offseason, has not played all season because of a knee injury. He originally hurt his knee during the preseason, then aggravated the injury twice just when the Redskins thought he was about to play.

“I’m feeling good about it right now,” he said. “We’ve still got a whole week ahead of us. But as of right now today, after working out today, I feel good.”

The Redskins’ secondary has struggled mightily without him.

“I just want to have fun, man,” Meriweather said. “I think us going out there, it doesn’t look like we’re having fun. I think once somebody comes in and we get to having fun, I think all aspects of the game will go up.”

Spending the season’s first nine games as a spectator was difficult, Meriweather said.

“It’s hard for me to watch, period, not just because we were struggling,” he said. “If we were the best in the nation, in the league, it would still be hard just to sit there and watch your team.”

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.



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Mark Maske · November 12, 2012