Shanahan on Meriweather, Reed, Doughty

Shanahan on Meriweather, Reed, Doughty
October 21, 2013, 4:15 pm
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The Redskins have not heard from the NFL regarding a potential suspension for safety Brandon Meriweather, Coach Mike Shanahan said this afternoon. 

“Haven’t heard a thing,” he said a little after 3 p.m. Shanahan added that the team is not “bracing” for the veteran to be suspended after being flagged twice for helmet-to-helmet hits in Sunday’s game. He also said he doesn’t anticipate a suspension for Meriweather.

Multiple reports earlier in the day suggested the league was weighing a one or two game ban for Meriweather, who has been fined four times since 2010 for illegal hits. A league source confirmed to Meriweather’s fouls are “being reviewed for potential discipline.”

“I’m not going to go into detail on those right now,” Shanahan said. “I’ve looked at them quite a bit. I have talked to a few people …and we’ll leave it at that.”

Shanahan added: “I think he knows exactly what he has to do. Sometimes you hit a guy a little bit higher than anticipated. Even on the last one, he came to the sideline and said, ‘Hey, one [official] said it was a good hit and the other official told me that he saw it differently. There are a lot of different interpretations of it. At the end of the day, we’ll find out.”

Some other updates from Shanahan’s weekly news conference:

  • Stephen Bowen suffered a torn PCL in his knee. It’s unclear if he’ll miss any time, but the defensive end played through a similar injury in the opposite knee in 2011. “Right now he’s sore. We’ll probably know more in the next couple of days,” Shanahan said.
  • Reed Doughty’s status for Sunday’s game in Denver remains unclear. The safety suffered a concussion against the Bears and did not finish the game. “He’ll get tested tomorrow,” Shanahan said. “He’ll be tested every day and hopefully he’ll be fine and ready to go.” If the Redskins were to be without Meriweather and Doughty, the team would have rookie Bacarri Rambo (inactive past two games) and special teamers Jose Gumbs and Trenton Robinson as the only safeties currently on the roster.
  • Tight end Jordan Reed enjoyed a career-high nine receptions (on nine targets) for 134 yards a touchdown, but the rookie missed a few snaps because of a hip injury and was moving slowly after the game. “He had a hip pointer,” Shanahan said. “He got a shot. I’m sure he’s a little bit sore today. But he should be ready to go next week.”