Brandon Meriweather’s long-awaited Redskins’ debut could come against the Eagles. But a final determination won't be made until later in the week, Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday.
“He was limited, but I was encouraged,” Shanahan said. “I hate to say that [he’ll play] until we start practicing. We’ll get a chance to evaluate that on Wednesday and Thursday. I was glad he was out there today. It was a good sign.”
Meriweather sprained two ligaments in his left knee the week before the season opener, then reinjured himself in a freak pregame collision with teammate Aldrick Robinson in Tampa.
This, however, is the best Meriweather has felt since the offseason.
“I’m feeling good about it,” Meriweather said of playing Sunday. While most his teammates traveled home during the bye week, the 28-year-old spent his five day break in Ashburn receiving treatment and working out.
If he's able to play against the Eagles, the safety could help stabilize a struggling secondary that ranks 30th in passing yards allowed and last in touchdowns yielded through the air (20) -- with his talent and enthusiasm, he said.
“We don’t look like we’re having fun,” the outspoken veteran said of the Redskins' defensive backs. “I think just the way I approach the game and the way I play the game, I think I bring a little more excitement.”
By Jason Dobkin (@jasondobkin)
Stephen A. Smith mocked the Redskins on ESPN First Take on Monday after their loss to the Lions Sunday, continuing the back-and-forth between the team and the television personality.
He told the Redskins "bravo again" for losing the close game that apparently was enough to prove the point he made last week on the show that the Redskins had a loser's mentality and were "inept" and "nonexistent." Smith loudly took issue with Chris Baker's and Ricky-Jean Francois' declaration that the Redskins "run the East," saying they need to be focusing on the big picture.
Baker tweeted at him the next day, demanding respect, and Smith stuck to his guns the next day on First Take.
On Monday, Smith mocked Jay Gruden for defending his team at a press conference, where he said Smith was "out of line" for his comments and that he didn't know anything about who the Redskins were or the work they put in.
"And of course there’s the great Jay Gruden, because we know he’s great just by his name alone," Smith said. "Let’s be clear about that. We know that he’s great, [because he] takes time out of his busy schedule to comment about me."
"Who gives a damn about hard work?" he went on to say. "It's about results."
Baker held back from engaging with Smith on Twitter this time.
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While the Redskins are not yet out of the woods regarding Trent Williams’ knee injury, the news sounds better than Williams looked after the game on Sunday.
Jay Gruden confirmed an earlier report that an MRI revealed no structural damage to the left knee of the Pro Bowl left tackle. He went down near the end of the Redskins’ 20-17 loss to the Lions and he needed assistance to get back to the locker room. After talking to the press, he had a decided limp as he walked to the team bus.
“That’s [the MRI results] good news, but we have to still monitor him during the week and see how he does,” said Gruden.
Guard Brandon Scherff left the game briefly after suffering a sprained AC joint in his shoulder. “He’s sore,” said Gruden. “He’s a tough sucker, but he’s sore.”
Scherff will be monitored in practice as well.
Gruden also said that cornerback Bashaud Breeland is sore after suffering a sprained ankle. He missed two games with a right ankle injury earlier this season but Gruden said that his injury is to his left ankle.