Meriweather 'day to day'; Fletcher, Gomes should play vs. Colts


Meriweather 'day to day'; Fletcher, Gomes should play vs. Colts

As with Brian Orakpo, the Redskins received good news on Brandon Meriweather, who does not need surgery on the left knee he injured Saturday night.Coach Mike Shanahan said an MRI on Meriweathers knee revealed swelling and that the starting strong safety was a little sore. Shanahan did not specify when Meriweather will return to practice but said he wont play the rest of the preseason.Well have to take it day by day, Shanahan said.Meriweather injury will presumably give more playing time to Tanard Jackson as well as the safeties who find themselves on the bubble, such as Reed Doughty and Jordan Bernstine.Some other injury updates from Shanahans post-practice news conference at Redskins Park:--Linebacker London Fletcher, who missed Thursdays practice and Saturdays game with an undisclosed ailment, participated fully practice in Mondays light practice, according to Shanahan, who added, He should be ready to go unless theres a setback.--Safety DeJon Gomes, who was spotted leaving Soldier Field with a walking boot on his left ankle, practiced today and should play against the Colts, Shanahan said.--Running back Tim Hightower practiced but was a little sore afterward, Shanahan said. If he does feel good enough to play, well play him, the coach added. If not well try to play him against Tampa in preseason finale.--Running back Roy Helu now has two sore Achilles tendons and did not practice. Shanahan said he doesnt know whether hell play Saturday but added, Thats not good news.--Left tackle Kory Lichtensteiger, who is recovering from a second procedure on his surgically repaired right knee, returned to practice Monday sporting a brace. It was his first practice since Day 2 of training camp.

Redskins intend to be cautious with Kendall Fuller


Redskins intend to be cautious with Kendall Fuller

Kendall Fuller could be held out until training camp later this summer as he recovers from a knee injury that cut short his junior season, Jay Gruden said.

The Redskins selected the Virginia Tech cornerback in the third round (84th overall) on Friday night.

“We feel good about his progression from his injury,” Gruden said at Redskins Park. “We think he’s going to miss rookie minicamp [next month], but there’s a chance he could be back for the OTAs [in late May]."

Gruden added: “Worst-case scenario, we think he’ll be back for training camp [in late July].”

Fuller suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee last preseason. He attempted to play through the injury for three games before opting for surgery. As it turned out, though, he injury required a season-ending microfracture procedure.

The operation was performed by famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who is also a senior medical consultant to the Redskins.

Asked if the relationship with Andrews helped the team make its decision on Fuller, Gruden downplayed the connection.

“I think every team has that information on the kid, and we felt good about his recovery,” Gruden said. “We really do. We know he’s a hard worker. We know where he is in his rehab. We’ll get him down here and help him along the way. But he’s a hard worker and he’s going to get himself ready to go.”

Gruden added: “He was too talented of a player to pass up. He can play nickel, obviously, which is a big hope for him. He can play outside. He’s got great natural football instincts at the nickel or corner position. Obviously you got great bloodlines, and I think it’s a great pick."

McCloughan bulks up secondary by drafting Fuller


McCloughan bulks up secondary by drafting Fuller

After the Redskins signed Josh Norman, Scot McCloughan told everyone that he would not hesitate to draft another cornerback this week.

Nobody really believed him. But he made believers out of everybody in the third round tonight when he took Virginia Tech cornerback Kendall Fuller.

He immediately jumps into a cornerback depth chart that has gone from shaky to strong in the last week. Norman and Bashaud Breeland will be the starters. Fuller could come in for nickel situations. Chris Culliver is still on the mend from a knee injury he suffered last November and his status for training cap is very much up in the air. Second-year player Quinton Dunbar will work

Spinning it forward to 2017, Fuller should be able to fit in with Breeland and Norman to form a formidable starting group of cornerbacks.

Many had Fuller rated as a first-round talent before he suffered a knee injury last season. Even after that, some thought he might be talented enough to be worth a late second- or early third-round pick. Fuller is a solid value as a late third-round pick.


Redskins draft Virginia Tech's Kendall Fuller in the third round


Redskins draft Virginia Tech's Kendall Fuller in the third round

Scot McCloughan continued to bolster the Redskins' secondary late Friday, selecting cornerback Kendall Fuller out of Virginia Tech in the third round.

Fuller, who is listed at 5 foot 11, 187-pounds, recorded eight interceptions for the Hokies during his first two seasons in Blacksburg, Va. A knee injury, however, cut short his 2015 season, limiting him to three games as junior. 

He'll become the fourth Fuller brother to play in the NFL, joining Corey, Kyle and Vincent. He's also joins fellow Hokies DeAngelo Hall and Kyshoen Jarrett in Washington's secondary.

More important, though, Fuller becomes the second significant addition to the Redskins' remodeled defensive backfield, joining All-Pro corner Josh Norman, who was signed to a five-year, $75 million contract a week ago today. 

Before attending Virginia Tech, Fuller also played at Good Counsel High in Olney, Md.