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Redskins closely monitoring Brandon Meriweather’s workload

Brandon Meriweather continues to work his way back from knee surgery. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

RICHMOND — Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said he and the team’s medical staff will keep a close eye on safety Brandon Meriweather, who remains in the process of working his way back from a knee surgery.

After handling a relatively normal workload on the first two days of camp, Meriweather had his snaps limited significantly on Saturday. He went through Saturday morning’s walk-through, but appeared to limp as he did. Then, Saturday afternoon, Meriweather did individual drills, but only took part in a handful of snaps in seven-on-seven action. He watched the first of 11-on-11 segment, and then made a brief appearance for the second. Wearing a light-weight knee brace – something he hadn’t sported in the first two practices – Meriweather took part in a few plays and then returned to the sideline, where he removed the brace and watched the rest of practice.

Meriweather denied limping when asked how he was doing after practice. But Shanahan said he noticed the safety, who missed all but one half of football last season, didn’t look the greatest, and that prompted the limiting of his activities.

“I could see him wanting to go,” Shanahan said. “He’s a guy that you’ve got to slow down because he wants to be out there. If you say, ‘Hey, take yourself out. Slow Down,’ he doesn’t know what that means. We’ve limited some of his reps. We’ve limited them overall because I do see him being a little bit, or at least, on the edge where I don’t want him to push himself too hard. We’ve got to get him back in football shape.”

Meriweather said that the knee brace – which appeared to be the DonJoy Playmaker, which Robert Griffin III wore late last season, and not the bulkier, more restrictive DonJoy Defiance that Griffin now wears – was a suggestion of the trainers. He added, “but I don’t think I really need it.”

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 · July 28, 2013