But early in the second quarter, Meriweather tore the ACL in the same knee and was lost for the season. He has spent the offseason rehabbing at Redskins Park and is encouraged by his progress.
“Everything’s going good,” Meriweather said in a phone interview. “I’m on schedule. Everything’s positive.”
Meriweather began running in the pool and on the treadmill roughly two months ago. Two weeks ago, he began running on grass.
The Redskins began their offseason conditioning program two weeks ago, and will begin offseason practices (organized team activities, or OTAs) on May 20. Meriweather wasn’t sure if he would be on the field for any of the walkthrough portions of those practices, saying that decision was up to the team’s trainers. However, a person with knowledge of the situation said that Meriweather is expected to continue his rehabilitation work on the side, and wouldn’t likely take the field with his teammates until training camp, which begins in late July.
Meriweather said training camp is his only goal.
“I’m trying to look at the big picture, and the big picture is [training camp],” he said.
Meriweather wants the same thing, but said he will not allow himself to set lofty expectations for what he will accomplish in his return.
“I try to keep my expectations to day-by-day,” Meriweather said. “That’s all I’m concerned with. The steps I take day-by-day. … Of course, I want to be back out there. I’ve got a bad taste in my mouth because I wasn’t able to help my team.”
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