Brandon Meriweather is eager to return to game action. (Larry French/Getty Images)

Strong safety Brandon Meriweather said he hopes to make his season debut Sunday against the Green Bay Packers after he missed Monday’s season opener with a lingering groin injury that limited him all of last week in practice.

Meriweather spent the offseason working his way back from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 11 of last season. He played in the preseason finale, and didn’t suffer any setbacks to his knee.

But two days later, in the first practice of the regular season, Meriweather injured his groin.

Meriweather tested his groin prior to Monday night’s game and appeared to move well. The team held him out, however. Meriweather had hoped to play, but accepted the decision.

“If it was up to me, I’d always play,” Meriweather said. “But, it’s all what coach says.”

Meriweather said Wednesday morning that “it feels good. I’m going to go down there, try to practice and see what they say.”

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Tuesday that he too was hoping to get Meriweather back this week.

“I am hoping this week he’ll be ready to go,” Shanahan said. “I know he’s ready to go. He’s been working extremely hard to put himself in position to play well. I’m just hoping this week he will be ready.”

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What’s ahead:

● Robert Griffin III, London Fletcher and Mike Shanahan speak with reporters after today’s 1 p.m. practice.

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