Brandon Meriweather is back from his suspension (Alex Brandon/Associated Press)

Safety Brandon Meriweather is scheduled to return to the Washington Redskins’ lineup Sunday against the San Diego Chargers after serving a one-game suspension for illegal hits.

The week has been filled with plenty of talk about Meriweather’s play. Meriweather said Monday that “you’ve just got to go low now. You’ve got to end people’s career. You’ve got to tear people’s ACLs and mess up people’s knees now.” DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFL Players Association, said in a written statement later in the week that Meriweather was “sorry” about what he’d said.

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Friday he’s confident Meriweather will play effectively in his return and won’t be hesitant on the field despite all the discussion about how he plays.

“I think sometimes people get a little carried away with that,” Shanahan said. “We understand what the rules are and he’s been penalized for it. We’ve been penalized as a team as well. So he knows where the emphasis is and he wants to play football for a long time. When he does get that hit, he’s gonna try to hit in the right area. Hopefully he does.”

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What’s ahead:

● Mike Jones’s five story lines to watch mid-morning Friday.

● The Redskins practice at 11:50 a.m. on Friday.

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