Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said he’s “excited” to see strong safety Brandon Meriweather take his first snaps since Nov. 18, when Washington closes out the preseason against Tampa Bay on Thursday.
Meriweather has spent the preseason working his way back into form after recovering from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Meriweather, sidelined for all but one half of a game last season, was eased into action during training camp, but has practiced fully the past two weeks.
Meriweather has lobbied to play in each of the three previous preseason games, Haslett said. But the Redskins have elected to hold him out until this Thursday after observing him occasionally favoring his surgically repaired right knee after consecutive days of practice.
Meriweather hasn’t had any setbacks since training camp ended on Aug. 16, and now will make his return – likely playing a half of football, Shanahan said Monday.
Asked what kind of an impact he believes Meriweather can have, Haslett said, “Based on the 45 plays he played last year, he had six tackles, an interception, forced fumble. I’d say that I’m excited about him just getting back on the field and hopefully he can stay healthy and help our team.”
Haslett values Meriweather’s playmaking ability, and the flexibility that he gives him because of his coverage skills, which he developed as a cornerback in college. But initially, Haslett doesn’t expect to overly tax Meriweather with a diverse list of responsibilities because this will represent his first game action since last season.
“He’s going to be a little rusty, obviously. He hasn’t played in a while,” Haslett said. “But he’s had good practices the last week and a half. He looks like he’s running full speed, and we’ll see how the tackling comes and all the hard stuff.”
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