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Redskins lose Brandon Meriweather for 2-4 weeks

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The Redskins lost safety Brandon Meriweather for the final two preseason games because of a knee injury and now it looks like they’ll be without him for at least the first two weeks of the regular season as well.

Coach Mike Shanahan announced Wednesday that Meriweather sprained his MCL and PCL in practice on Monday. He’ll be sidelined for two to four weeks as a result of the injury, leaving the Redskins without a starter in their secondary for Sunday. That’s never where you want to be, but it is an especially difficult situation to deal with when Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham and the rest of the Saints offense is on the docket.

Shanahan said that DeJon Gomes could get the start alongside Madieu Williams, calling him a “natural football player,” although he declined to actually name a starter for the game. Reed Doughty could also be in the mix for playing time with the Redskins while Meriweather is sidelined. They’d probably like to have Tanard Jackson as an option, but he was suspended last week and won’t be returning any time soon.

Safety was the biggest hole on the Redskins defense last season, a situation they hoped Meriweather would help remedy. For now, help will have to come from somewhere else on the back line of the Washington defense.

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32 Responses to “Redskins lose Brandon Meriweather for 2-4 weeks”
  1. doe22us says: Sep 5, 2012 4:11 PM

    Activate all Saints skill position players, not that you didnt need that reason not to.

  2. meetthegrouch says: Sep 5, 2012 4:18 PM

    Funny, they were just talking on the Skin show about how the defense was going to be great, if Merriweather stayed healthy

  3. sadskinsfan89 says: Sep 5, 2012 4:21 PM

    this game could be ugly. i love my skins but i gotta be realistic. i just dont think the skins secondary can hang its unfortunate but true

  4. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 5, 2012 4:26 PM

    Our defensive front seven will wreck havoc to Brees and that running game anyways. Griffin and the offensive will have time consuming drives down the field vs a paper mache defense of New Orleans. Redskins win 37-21.

  5. expatpatfan says: Sep 5, 2012 4:30 PM

    As a Pats fan, I assure you this can only mean your defense is improved.

  6. ninjapleazee says: Sep 5, 2012 4:32 PM

    As a Bears fan I agree with the Pats fan

  7. robf2010 says: Sep 5, 2012 4:32 PM

    Just as well. Last time Meriweather faced the Saints, they lit him up like a Christmas tree. The Skins don’t need that to happen in Week 1.

  8. skinsdiehard says: Sep 5, 2012 4:40 PM

    This is nothing new. Last year, Landry missed 9 games and Atogwe missed 5 or 6 games. Dejon Gomes is a nice young player that gained experience last year. He’s better than Madieu Williams anyway. I think they should play with 4 corners and Gomes in nickel situations. The problem for the Saints in this game will be stopping the Skins running game.

  9. peytonsneck18 says: Sep 5, 2012 4:43 PM

    They have robo-QB rg3, he is all that team needs to win, hes 3 probowl, Superbowl winning QB’s all in all, 6 million dollar man rg3

  10. xli2006 says: Sep 5, 2012 4:52 PM

    Want some good comedy?

    Check back on Sunday after the Redskins / Saints game to hear Voiceofreason backtrack on his weeks of comments predicting the Redskins handling the Saints.

    Saints by 14… at least.

  11. derxleben says: Sep 5, 2012 4:55 PM

    As a Redskins fan I say this doesn’t matter. A chip from the side doesn’t make the gigantic hole any bigger. We just keep neglecting our secondary draft after draft and end up playing prevent all season.
    Its almost like we are keeping Taylors spot open incase he rises up at some point.
    Keep on throwing QB’s at the problem – we’ll never escape the mistakes of our past.

  12. fuzzynuts55 says: Sep 5, 2012 4:58 PM

    Rg3 hasnt played a game yet. Skins fans always think there 1 #1 pick is going to change there luck. N

  13. thebigcaptain2011 says: Sep 5, 2012 4:58 PM

    Ummmm, Meriweather isn’t even a cover safety, anyway. He was going to get burnt deep, just like “DeJon Gomes” (is that a real person’s name?) will. Saints win by double digits.

  14. jets13 says: Sep 5, 2012 5:16 PM

    haha, ironic figuring skins fans have lived on jets articles telling us how all landry will do is get hurt

  15. dirtydrynn27 says: Sep 5, 2012 5:16 PM

    The Redskins D Line is going to wreak havoc!!! RG3 will be just fine against a depleted Saints D! Ever hear of Leonard Hankerson,trust me you will by 4:00pm Sunday afternoon!!!!!

  16. skinsdiehard says: Sep 5, 2012 5:20 PM

    fuzzynuts55 says:
    Sep 5, 2012 4:58 PM
    Rg3 hasnt played a game yet. Skins fans always think there 1 #1 pick is going to change there luck. N
    ———————–
    What is the point of this comment? We know he hasnt played a game yet. Of course a #1 pick should be a difference maker. How else will a team get better? Is it wrong to hope that your #1 pick changes your fortunes? Is this a criticism or stating the obvious?

  17. dino2997 says: Sep 5, 2012 5:20 PM

    This is a good game for Brandon Merriweather to miss. He will avoid being embarrassed.

  18. skinsdiehard says: Sep 5, 2012 5:21 PM

    skinsdiehard says:
    Sep 5, 2012 5:20 PM
    fuzzynuts55 says:
    Sep 5, 2012 4:58 PM
    Rg3 hasnt played a game yet. Skins fans always think there 1 #1 pick is going to change there luck. N
    ———————–
    What is the point of this comment? We know he hasnt played a game yet. Of course a #1 pick should be a difference maker. How else will a team get better? Is it wrong to hope that your #1 pick changes your fortunes? Is this a criticism or stating the obvious?
    —————————-
    Okay…..i’ll join…….”the sky is blue”.

  19. steelcityrapist says: Sep 5, 2012 5:38 PM

    All of the above is meaningless ^

  20. kingcarlbanks says: Sep 5, 2012 5:46 PM

    Not knocking the Skins (for once), but the faithful fans of the Skins gotta know its gonna get ugly. Facing a record breaking pissed off Saints team on opening day, in the dome is not something a good team would look forward too. And the skins are not good. Ugly…

  21. skinsfan91 says: Sep 5, 2012 5:51 PM

    next draft and offseason, it’s all about secondary and o-line. Let’s give’em hell anyway.

  22. peytonsneck18 says: Sep 5, 2012 5:58 PM

    Dang it…my oppenent this weekend has Brees going up against this sad pathetic defense, im toast…lol

  23. patriots123456 says: Sep 5, 2012 6:06 PM

    When he played for the Pats it seemed like all he was interested in was making a hit that got on the highlight films.

    Problem was half the time he took out and injured his own teamates. I was thrilled when the Pats cut him.

  24. saintsfan83 says: Sep 5, 2012 6:06 PM

    Hulkhogansays has already went into hiding the season must be near, time for a reality check.

  25. ham1 says: Sep 5, 2012 6:26 PM

    gnomes covering graham

    dunno bout that one

  26. hendawg21 says: Sep 5, 2012 6:37 PM

    You know what makes a good defensive backfield???? A good, dominant front seven…the Skins have that, that’s right it’s pressure from the front seven that makes QB’s rush passes and throw interceptions…I think before alot of you experts on here go thinking the Saints are going to blowout the Skins i’d think twice and look at the last few times they played the Skins held their own. A final point is not a one of you has factored in the coaching situation and the players the Saints will be without….just sayin.

  27. wwwfugu says: Sep 5, 2012 6:56 PM

    @thebigcaptain2011

    It is real. I saw it at the supermarket in the aisle with mayo and ketchup.

  28. peytonsneck18 says: Sep 5, 2012 7:02 PM

    hulkhogansays is now voiceofreasonsays

  29. hokiegajanisgod says: Sep 5, 2012 7:23 PM

    xpatpatfan says:

    As a Pats fan, I assure you this can only mean your defense is improved.

    ———————————————

    I second that. Rue the day, Redskin fans, when the self-anointed ‘party-starter’ gets back on the field.

  30. larrybrown43 says: Sep 5, 2012 7:53 PM

    Shanny brought him back too soon. Meriweather said 2 weeks ago he wasn’t sure about playing week 1.

  31. 3rdstringsuperhero says: Sep 5, 2012 8:14 PM

    If we can get pressure on Brees and run the ball, we’ll be ok.
    If we don’t do one of those, it will be painful to watch.

  32. boyshole25 says: Sep 5, 2012 8:57 PM

    Hey Peytonsneck stop tryin to be funny you troll piece of trash worry about your own team

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