As with Brian Orakpo, the Redskins received good news on Brandon Meriweather, who does not need surgery on the left knee he injured Saturday night.Coach Mike Shanahan said an MRI on Meriweathers knee revealed swelling and that the starting strong safety was a little sore. Shanahan did not specify when Meriweather will return to practice but said he wont play the rest of the preseason.Well have to take it day by day, Shanahan said.Meriweather injury will presumably give more playing time to Tanard Jackson as well as the safeties who find themselves on the bubble, such as Reed Doughty and Jordan Bernstine.Some other injury updates from Shanahans post-practice news conference at Redskins Park:--Linebacker London Fletcher, who missed Thursdays practice and Saturdays game with an undisclosed ailment, participated fully practice in Mondays light practice, according to Shanahan, who added, He should be ready to go unless theres a setback.--Safety DeJon Gomes, who was spotted leaving Soldier Field with a walking boot on his left ankle, practiced today and should play against the Colts, Shanahan said.--Running back Tim Hightower practiced but was a little sore afterward, Shanahan said. If he does feel good enough to play, well play him, the coach added. If not well try to play him against Tampa in preseason finale.--Running back Roy Helu now has two sore Achilles tendons and did not practice. Shanahan said he doesnt know whether hell play Saturday but added, Thats not good news.--Left tackle Kory Lichtensteiger, who is recovering from a second procedure on his surgically repaired right knee, returned to practice Monday sporting a brace. It was his first practice since Day 2 of training camp.
The Redskins deserve high praise after throttling the Raiders Sunday night, but next Monday in Kansas City, an even bigger challenge awaits.
Remember, the Redskins put out one of their best defensive efforts in more than 20 years against Oakland.
The hig-scoring Raiders came into that game with the top scoring offense in the NFL, but managed less than 100 total yards of offense until late in the fourth quarter.
Their only points came when gifted when tremendous field position off two Redskins turnovers.
More in the video below.
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Going to Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City will be an even bigger task for the Washington defense. The Chiefs are one of only two undefeated teams left in the NFL, and have speed seemingly everywhere on the field. Running back Kareem Hunt has been a missile for Andy Reid's offense, and the rookie from Toledo leads the NFL in rushing.
Through three games, Hunt has 401 yards. No other NFL runner even has 300 yards.
Much of Oakland's offense depended on deep passing. The Redskins stopped that, cold.
Kansas City plays a more deliberate scheme of crossing patterns and space, but relies on the speed of Hunt and wideout Tyreek Hill. Greg Manusky and the Washington defense will have to recalibrate their game plan.
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Here is my weekly look at playing time for the Redskins during their win over the Raiders:
—Defensively, the Redskins were in nickel a lot. Slot corner Kendall Fuller played 46 of the 51 defensive snaps. That generally means that they are playing fewer defensive lineman and indeed, nose tackle Ziggy Hood played only 18 snaps.
—Junior Galette played only 15 snaps, down from 19 against the Rams. He did get half a sack.
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—It was surprising to see that Preston Smith got only 23 snaps. That is by far a season low but it’s hard to argue with the strategy. He was very effective with his limited snaps, getting a sack and tackling Marshawn Lynch for no gain on a third and two play.
—Rookie OLB Ryan Anderson is getting worked into the lineup more and more. He got 24 snaps on defense, one more than he had in the first two games combined, and another eight on special teams.
—The two defensive players who were in for 100 percent of the 51 defensive snaps were S D.J. Swearinger and ILB Zach Brown. CB Josh Norman played 47 snaps and ILB Martrell Spaight, Fuller, and CB Bashaud Breeland played 46 each.
—On offense, Josh Doctson (36) got more playing time than Ryan Grant (34) for the first time this year.
—Between Kirk Cousins and the five starting offensive linemen, only Shawn Lauvao missed any of the 68 plays run. Lauvao came out for one play to have his helmet fixed.
—TE Jeremy Sprinkle made his NFL debut, getting seven snaps.
—Besides Colt McCoy, the only player who was active who did not get into the game was rookie ILB Josh Harvey-Clemons.