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Meriweather hopes to play vs. Bengals

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Meriweather hopes to play vs. Bengals

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.

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Is being nice hurting Kirk Cousins

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Is being nice hurting Kirk Cousins

JP Finlay and Rich Tandler are back for Episode 52 of the #RedskinsTalk Podcast.

With franchise tag day fast approaching, JP and Rich continue to discuss the Kirk Cousins contract situation. Cousins is a positive guy with a great attitude.

But does his happy-go-lucky demeanor actually hurt him at the bargaining table?

Fire up the podcast below. 

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DeSean Jackson wants to play with a great QB, and says Kirk Cousins fits that

DeSean Jackson wants to play with a great QB, and says Kirk Cousins fits that

Like a point guard and a shooter or a pitcher and a catcher, a quarterback and a wide receiver rely on each other. Free-agent-to-be DeSean Jackson understands that, and it's clear that the skill level of the signal caller will factor in to his decision when it's time to sign his next contract this March.

"I would love to play with a great quarterback," he told Adam Schefter in a podcast interview with the reporter. "I think Kirk Cousins is a great quarterback, he's done some great things these past couple of years as far as statistics. If it is another team out there that I'd have to go to or however it goes, we definitely know the business of the NFL. I would love to play with a great quarterback."

As is the case with any other passer and pass catcher, Cousins and Jackson miss on throws, or Cousins will look elsewhere on a certain play and Jackson will throw his hands up, exasperated that he wasn't the QB's target on that down. In the past three seasons, though, and especially the last two, the pair has connected on plenty of deep balls to add an electric element to what used to be a slogging Redskins offense.

But Cousins isn't the only NFC East quarterback the 30-year-old receiver respects.

"Carson Wentz, he came in and had a heck of a year," Jackson said of the Eagles promising young prospect. "He killed it. He showed he can do it, and he has all the intangibles of being a big-time quarterback in this league."

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That statement, of course, acted as a perfect transition to Schefter wondering how the ex-Eagle felt about possibly returning to Philadelphia.

"It definitely is a great story and ending, I guess you could say," Jackson said about the idea. "You just kind of think about all that, you started somewhere and maybe you want to finish it. There's a lot of speculation of a lot of thoughts. It all sounds good, but you never really know until the final decision is made."

Going off of those quotes, two conclusions can be made. The first: If the Burgundy and Gold don't re-sign or franchise tag Cousins, Jackson's interest in staying in D.C. would likely take a huge hit. With respect to the other options on the roster, Cousins is the only reputable quarterback on the Redskins, which Jackson said matters to him.

The second, meanwhile, would've been hard to fathom a few years ago: A reunion with the Eagles isn't a stretch at all. Wentz is an up-and-comer under center, and Jackson respects head coach Doug Pederson. 

Later in the interview, Jackson said he can thrive for another four or five years in the league. Whether he can accomplish that isn't the only question; what uniform he'll be wearing as he looks to play into his mid-30s is still up in the air as well.

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