Brandon Meriweather said Wednesday that he’s getting closer to making his long-awaited season debut for the Redskins.
“I’m going to go out there, give it my all and see if I can help the team in any way I can,” said the veteran safety, who sprained his left knee in the preseason, then aggravated the injury during a freak pregame collision with a teammate in Week 4.
Meriweather returned to practice last Wednesday, but did not participate in the sessions on Thursday and Friday because of soreness in the joint.
“It was more of us just being cautious,” he said. “We don’t want to reinjure something. We have a long season in front of us and we know that. We want to make sure when I come back, it’s not just for one game, it’s for the rest of the season.”
When healthy, it’s expected that Meriweather could help shore up a scuffling Redskins’ pass defense that's allowed a league-worst 2,514 yards through the air and 19 passing touchdowns.
But only when he’s healthy. And that, according to Meriweather, is what he’s hoping to gauge during the next three practices.
“Am I ready to play yet?” Meriweather said. “That’s something I hope to figure out this week.”
If he feels a twinge, Meriweather acknowledged that it might make sense to wait until after the bye week, which follows Sunday’s game against Cam Newton, Steve Smith and the Panthers.
“I’m going to go out and push it a little bit and see where it goes from there,” he added. “If it goes good, maybe you all will see me out there this week. If it goes bad, I’ll be out another week.”