Although safety Brandon Meriweather is officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s showdown with the Eagles, all indications are that he’ll suit up for the first time this season.
And there was no hiding his excitement on Friday.
“I would be ecstatic,” he said after practice. “I got guys that have been here working hard, trying to keep the ship to together. And it would be great to be out there with them guys.”
Meriweather stopped short of guaranteeing that he’ll line up at strong safety against the Michael Vick-less Eagles. But the 28-year-old acknowledged that he feels as good as he did prior to spraining his knee for the first time in the preseason.
“This is the best I’ve felt for a while,” he said.
Which is good news for the Redskins’ sagging secondary. Although Vick will miss the game with a concussion, rookie quarterback Nick Foles will have wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin and tight end Brent Celek at his disposal.
“He can do a lot of different things,” defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said of Meriweather. “He’s an ex-corner, so he can cover. He’s got good rush ability. There’s a of things that you can take advantage of – if he’s healthy.
Meriweather joked that one of his biggest challenges on Sunday will be avoiding teammates in the pregame warmup, making reference to his collision with Aldrick Robinson in Tampa Bay. Meriweather reinjured his knee when he ran into the wide receiver and he's been sidelined since.
“I’m going to stay away from everybody, not just Aldrick,” Meriweather said, smiling. “From D-Hall, too, everybody who’s out there, I’m going to stay away from them.”