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Meriweather out with torn ACL

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Meriweather out with torn ACL

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. 

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Redskins' Jay Gruden ranked highest of all NFC East coaches by For The Win

Redskins' Jay Gruden ranked highest of all NFC East coaches by For The Win

Jay Gruden doesn't always get a lot of attention from national media, which should be considered something of a victory for the Redskins after all of the focus on his predecessor Mike Shanahan. 

But looking at Gruden's work over three years, he does deserve some recognition for taking the team from 4-12 his first season to consecutive winning records, including an NFC East title in 2015. 

Steven Ruiz, writing for USA TODAY's For The Win, gave the Redskins coach some love in a ranking of all 32 NFL head coaches. 

He slotted Gruden at No. 12, above all other NFC East coaches. 

Ruiz cites Gruden's unflappability amid personnell and front office changes, as well as his development of Kirk Cousins into a franchise quarterback in a very productive Redskins offense. 

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Ruiz ranks Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett at No. 16, reasoning that it's not hard to succeed when you pair one of the best offensive lines in the league with superstar rookies Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott. 

New York's Ben McAddo and Philadelphia's Doug Pederson rank No. 21 and 26, respectively. 

Interestingly, two Redskins offensive coordinators who've since taken head coaching jobs – Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay – fall way behind at No. 29 and 30. Both coaches have been rumored draws for Cousins once he hits free agency in 2018. 

Going back to Gruden, he deserves credit beyond giving Cousins the starting QB job. He's become well-liked and respected by Washington's players despite dealing with big-personality additions like DeSean Jackson and Josh Norman.

After the Redskins finished his first season with a 4-12 record, the team rebounded to win the NFC East in 2015 and then narrowly missed the playoffs with an 8-7 record in 2016. 

If Cousins plays up to his one-year, $24 million franchise tag, Gruden has a chance to continue building his coaching reputation. 

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Ranking the 2017 Redskins roster: 20-11

Ranking the 2017 Redskins roster: 20-11

At CSNmidatlantic.com we projected the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offense, defense) right after minicamp. Now we are taking it one step further and ranking the 53 players we think will make the team.

The rankings are determined by who we think will have the most impact on the 2017 Redskins. No consideration was given for past performance or for what a particular player might do down the road. We’ll be revealing the rankings over the next few weeks.

Today we’re updating the list with the players we ranked from 11-20. Here are some of the players in our latest update:

—A former top pick who has to come through after a rookie season lost to injury.

—Kirk Cousins’ front-side protector.   

—Two free agent acquisitions.

—A third-year player in a pivotal season.    

Go here to see our ranking of the 2017 Redskins, players 11-53.

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