The knee injury Brandon Meriweather suffered prior to Sundays game in Tampa forced the coaching staff to make a flurry of unexpected adjustments to the game plan -- and the lineup -- just two hours before kickoff.
The other day, we thought Meriweather was going to play, Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said Thursday. We had a lot of plans for him, things to do. He actually becomes our third corner in a lot of situations. So we had to scrap all that stuff.
Meriweather, who had missed almost all of the preseason and the first three games with two sprained ligaments in his left knee, was expected to make his regular season debut before colliding with teammate Aldrick Robinson during warmups. The veteran safety aggravated the same knee.
Youre sitting in the locker room crossing things off, adding things you can do, Haslett said of adjusting the game plan on the fly. It changes your plans. Everybody has their strengths and weaknesses and Meriweather has great strengths. Hes an ex-corner that can be a really good cover-guy and we lost that ability.
With Meriweather unable to suit up, Haslett decided to start Reed Doughty in his place and designate DeJon Gomes as the backup. Gomes, interestingly, had started the previous three games as the Redskins secondary struggled.
Through four games, the unit has yielded a league-worst 11 passing touchdowns and second-worst 326.3 passing yards per game.
We just thought Reed deserved the opportunity, Haslett said. Nothing against D.J., but we were trying to find the right combinations. Since the start of the year we thought Tanard Jackson and Meriweather were going to the two safeties. It didnt work out that way.
Its unclear when Meriweather will return, but Coach Mike Shanahan has said hell miss at least Sundays game against Matt Ryan and the undefeated Falcons. Meriweather did not practice Wednesday but was spotted walking without a brace Thursday morning.
Josh Norman is a man of many talents — at least on the football field, and in the friendliest possible way, he was reminded of that this weekend during a charity basketball game.
Opposite of the defensive nightmare Norman can be for receivers, the New York Knicks' Kyle O’Quinn had a little fun with the Redskins cornerback and the 10-inch height difference they share during the during Bam Bam’s Spring Jam at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia.
O'Quinn got the ball and went up for a particularly easy dunk as Norman jumped and tried to swat the ball away but his effort was futile.
While this was all in good fun, Norman should probably stick to football.
Former Virginia Tech defenseive back and current Seattle Seahawk Kam Chancellor's foundation is behind the charity game, which also included Redskins' Lynden Trail, Marshawn Lynch, Michael Bennett and Antoine Bethea.
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On Memorial Day, people all over the United States stop to reflect on the freedoms provided for by the military. Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is no different.
"So grateful for living in this country and understanding that that came at a price and I just want to say thank you," Cousins said.
Speaking after an OTA session last week with military members in attendance, Cousins explained that he appreciates the added sense of history and obligation that comes from living in and around D.C.
"It’s a good reminder why it’s such a benefit to play here in Washington. It just feels like it’s that much more real with Andrews Air Force Base here and so many soldiers here. There’s something special about playing for the city of Washington, D.C. and driving 30 minutes into the city and going by the White House and the Pentagon and the monuments."
The Redskins hosted military members from multiple branches at their OTAs, and afterward, Cousins and a number of other players signed autographs.
"You say ‘Man, I want to give these soldiers, these fans something to cheer about and make them excited and bring this city together.' Hopefully winning football games can do that. What a great thing. That’s the vision we’re chasing," the Redskins passer said. "Hopefully we can get it done this season."
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