Brandon Meriweather will play Thursday

Brandon Meriweather will play Thursday
August 26, 2013, 4:00 pm
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Brandon Meriweather is expected to make his preseason debut in Tampa on Thursday, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said.

“We’re hoping he can play a half if he looks like he did today,” Shanahan said of the veteran strong safety, who has been slowly working his way back from ACL surgery last December.

Meriweather’s performance against the Buccaneers – he’s expected to play the entire first half – will help the coaching staff determine if he’ll ready to suit up in Week 1 of the regular season.

“That’s why we’re going to play him against Tampa – find out in a game situation,” Shanahan said. “We haven’t played him [the first three preseason games] because we’ve been trying to give him enough time to heal up and give him the best chance to show us what he can do. He looked pretty good in practice today. We’ll get a chance to find out” on Thursday.

Shanahan also provided an update on several other matters. Among them:

  • QB Kirk Cousins (sprained right foot) did some work in practice Monday but remains a “long shot” to play against the Bucs. “You can tell the [foot] is still tender,” Shanahan said. “He did some drill work. You can see it’s much improved. It would be a long shot for him to play in the game.”
  • Cornerback Josh Wilson, who is coming off shoulder surgery, played 18 snaps against the Bills and, according to Shanahan, is expected to take about 15-20 snaps against the Bucs.
  • With Richard Crawford out, the Redskins are considering DeAngelo Hall, Santana Moss, Chris Thompson, Skye Dawson and Aldrick Robinson for punt returner. In the past, Shanahan has shied away from using veterans who play a major role on offense or defense in that role, but Crawford’s injury may change Shanahan's thinking. “If they are the best returner, yes,” Shanahan said asked if he would consider a player such as Hall or Moss.
  • Shanahan said Donte’ Stallworth’s hamstring injury hurt his chances of catching on. Stallworth was released Monday morning. “Anytime you get setback and you miss a couple of weeks, it’s hard to make a football team,” Shanahan said. “You could see with the setback with his hamstring, he just wasn’t ready.”
  • Nose tackle Barry Cofield sported a cast on his broken right hand and participated in some conditioning drills off to the side. “Right now the doctors feel pretty good about where he’s at,” Shanahan said.