The Redskins have suffered another big injury on defense.
After missing the first nine games of the season with a left knee sprain, Brandon Meriweather suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during a non-contact play in the third quarter of Sunday’s 31-6 victory over the Eagles. The veteran safety will miss the remainder of the season, Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday at Redskins Park.
“It’s about a six month recovery,” Shanahan said.
Although Meriweather was sidelined for all but a half this season, those two quarters were brilliant ones. Before getting hurt, he had made seven tackles, intercepted a pass, defended two others and made a tackle for a loss against struggling Philadelphia.
“He played great. You couldn’t ask a guy to play better than he did,” Shanahan said. “The tackles, the pass breakups, the interception. He’s just a football player.”
“Unfortunately,” the coach added, “he hasn’t been hurt in the past.”
Meriweather’s run of bad luck started the week before the season opener when he suffered a freak left knee sprain during practice. Then, on the day he was expected to return to the lineup, he collided with teammate Aldrick Robinson during pregame in Tampa, knocking both players out of the game.
Although Robinson returned a week later, Meriweather reinjured his tender left knee and was sidelined for another six weeks.
Shanahan said Meriweather will have surgery in the next two weeks.
“Every once in a while, these things happen,” Shanahan said. “He never had a problem with the right knee before.”
Meriweather is the third starter lost for the season, joining linebacker Brian Orakpo and defensive end Adam Carriker.