Safety Brandon Meriweather participated fully in the Washington Redskins’ practice Wednesday, according to Coach Mike Shanahan, and could return to the team’s lineup this weekend at Green Bay.
Meriweather was on the Redskins’ inactive list for Monday night’s season-opening loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He has played in one of the team’s 17 regular season games since signing with the Redskins as a free agent prior to last season. Meriweather, after being plagued by a series of knee injuries since last year, missed the Eagles game after suffering a groin injury in practice last week.
Shanahan said he expects Meriweather to play against the Packers “if there’s no setback” this week.
“He practiced full,” Shanahan said. “I don’t know what to tell you except that.”
The Redskins had the league’s 30th-ranked pass defense last season with Meriweather missing all but one game. The defense struggled again Monday with Meriweather sidelined.
“He’s been a big playmaker in the limited time he’s played over the past year,” Shanahan said. “I think everybody knows what he’s done. So hopefully he can keep on playing at that level.”
The Redskins started cornerback E.J. Biggers at safety against the Eagles. But Shanahan suggested that was merely because of the unique circumstances of Monday’s game.
“I think there’s a little bit of a different game plan against a team like the Eagles, with the way the quarterback [Michael Vick] ran,” Shanahan said. “Our free safety had the quarterback on a number of plays. So it was more of a game-plan-type defense…. We did some things with Josh [Wilson] that was a little bit different, [with] E.J. that was a little bit different.”
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