Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather talks with team physician James Andrews before Monday's game. (Ray Saunders/The Washington Post_ Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather talks with team physician James Andrews before Monday’s game. (Ray Saunders/The Washington Post)

Redskins strong safety Brandon Meriweather missed Monday night’s game because his injured groin remained too sore for him to play, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said.

Meriweather tested his groin for roughly half an hour prior to the Redskins’ season opener. He hadn’t practiced fully all week.

While during a series of three-quarter-speed sprints across the end zone, Meriweather appeared to run with a very slight hitch. However, he was able to change directions fairly well while doing a drill in which he dropped back and tracked the ball before catching it.

But Shanahan said Meriweather wasn’t feeling well enough to play.

The team announced Reed Doughty as the starter at strong safety, but cornerback E.J. Biggers played the whole game at that position.

Biggers said he had never played safety in the NFL, but the fifth-year pro said,  “As a defensive back, you basically know what everybody else in the secondary is doing anyway. It’s just taking different angles, seeing things differently.”

Biggers was credited with seven tackles and one tackle for a loss.

Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesday.

Follow: @MikeJonesWaPo |@MarkMaske | @Insider | Insider on Facebook

What’s ahead:

● The Redskins do not practice on Tuesday, but with the quick turnaround for Sunday at Green Bay and a battle of 0-1 teams with high expectations hoping to avoid 0-2, Alfred Morris and Mike Shanahan will speak with reporters in the afternoon.

More on the Redskins:

Kerrigan might have concussion | Lingering soreness stopped Meriweather

NFL made Griffin hide knee braceShanahan defends preseason caution 


For Griffin, a frustrating return to action

The Takeway: Defenseless in opener

Boswell: Eagles leave Redskins stunned and confused

Postgame quotes from live blog | Game summary | More Redskins news