The Redskins hope the return of safety Brandon Meriweather (31) bolsters their pass defense this season (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said he expects safety Brandon Meriweather, who’s working his way back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, to be “fine” for training camp.

“I think Brandon will be fine once we get to camp. … He did a good job in his drill work,” Shanahan said following Thursday’s offseason practice at Redskins Park. “The one thing you don’t want to do when somebody hurts his knee is get him going too quickly — just let it heal and strengthen the muscles around the knee. Right now he looks pretty good.”

Meriweather was less definitive about his status for the outset of training camp.

“Any doubt? I don’t know, to be completely honest,” he said after spending Thursday’s organized team activity working on rehabilitation drills. “I never really had a torn ACL so I don’t know what the timetable is like. If you ask me, I’ll tell you I can go today. If you ask me if there’s any doubt, I’ll say no. But if you ask the doctor and the trainer, they may say yes. So to be honest, I really don’t know.”

Meriweather signed with the Redskins as a free agent prior to last season but played in only one game because of a series of knee injuries beginning in the preseason.

He hurt his left knee in the second preseason game. He was set to return for the season opener but re-injured that knee six days before the season. He hurt it again in a pregame collision with wide receiver Aldrick Robinson during warmups prior to a Sept. 30 game at Tampa.

Meriweather had an interception against the Philadelphia Eagles in his lone game of the season but suffered his torn ACL in that game. The Redskins hope his return this season will greatly bolster a pass defense that ranked 30th in the league last season.

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