Safety Brandon Meriweather will miss the remainder of the Washington Redskins’ season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Coach Mike Shanahan announced Monday.
It was Meriweather’s first game of the season. He had been sidelined by an injury to his left knee that he aggravated twice. He will have surgery to repair the torn ACL, Shanahan said.
Meriweather started and played a little more than one half before injuring his knee. He had an interception in his Redskins debut. Meriweather is in the first year of a two-year, $6 million deal he signed as a free agent in March.
Meriweather was not immediately available to comment but he wrote on Twitter: “I want to start off by saying I’m sorry to all the [R]edskins fan[s]. Y’all are the best. But this was a bad season for me.”
He also wrote: “I promise that I’ll be back next [year] better then ever. Hard work pays off. God had something different for me this year. So see y’all next” year.
Meriweather faces a recovery period of approximately six months, according to Shanahan.
Meriweather hurt his knee without being hit. He was able to walk off the field under his own power, and Shanahan said after the game he was hopeful the injury wasn’t too serious. But the Redskins have lost the player they’d hoped would solidify their pass defense for the rest of the season.
Meriweather was signed in the offseason as a free agent and hurt his left knee in the second preseason game.
The Redskins believed he would return for the season opener. Instead, he re-injured his knee in practice six days before the opener, then hurt it again during a pregame collision with wide receiver Aldrick Robinson during warmups for the Redskins’ game at Tampa on Sept. 30.