Redskins put brakes on Meriweather's return

Redskins put brakes on Meriweather's return
August 3, 2013, 4:15 pm
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RICHMOND—Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather said his reduced workload in recent days is not the result of a setback. Instead, the coaches felt he was pushing his surgically repaired knee too hard, too soon. 

“They just told me to slow down and not push it,” Meriweather said. “At first, they was giving me a couple of plays, and then I would sneak in for another one. I kept sneaking in, so Coach [Mike Shanahan] wanted me to slow down. He just said chill and do a little drill work on the side.”

Meriweather, who has been penciled in as the starting strong safety, spent much of Saturday’s practice on the drill field, doing agility drills with strength and conditioning coach Chad Englehart. With Meriweather sidelined, Reed Doughty, Phillip Thomas and DeJon Gomes have seen an increase in reps.

“Every once in a while, we’ll put him in a couple of reps,” Shanahan said of Meriweather, who had his ACL repaired in December. “You take a look at the film, see how he adjusts, and if we don’t think he’s ready to go then we’ll keep on working him through the drill work. Eventually, we’ll give him more reps as we feel he’s ready.”

Meriweather has tried to wear a brace, but couldn’t get comfortable with it.

“I can’t play with stuff that I feel like restricts me,” he said. “Everybody keeps telling me that it’s a mind thing, but it’s just something that’s hard for me to do.”

With no practice scheduled for Sunday, the soonest Meriweather can rejoin his teammates for practice will be Monday afternoon.

“I’m hoping to get a couple of plays on Monday,” he said. “But that’s all up to coach.”