Meriweather hopes to play vs. Bengals

Meriweather hopes to play vs. Bengals
September 17, 2012, 5:03 pm
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Redskins strong safety Brandon Meriweather said he hopes to return from a sprained left knee in time for Sundays game against the Bengals.

Meriweather injured the medial collateral and posterior crucial ligaments during a practice session Sept. 3. The original diagnosis provided by Coach Mike Shanahan was that the veteran would miss 2-4 weeks.

Im going to try, Meriweather said when asked about playing Sunday. Everyday Im getting better. Im working hard to get back and help my team.

On Sunday, Meriweather did plenty of running, including drills that required him to sprint, backpedal and cut side-to-side, during the Redskins pregame at Edward Jones Dome.

You cant put a percentage on it, he added. One thing could feel 100-percent, while another thing could feel 20. So what would I say, Im 80? But Im better than I was last week.

Meriweather said he is unsure when hell be cleared to participate fully in practice. Should Meriweather not practice at all this week, it would seem more likely that hell return in Tampa Bay.

If it was up to me, I would have been back last week, Meriweather said. Its all up to trainers.

If Meriweather is unable to suit up Sunday, the Redskins could find themselves without four starters. Linebacker Brian Orakpo (shoulder), defensive end Adam Carriker (right leg) and cornerback Josh Wilson (concussion) are all ailing after suffering injuries in St. Louis.