Although safety Brandon Meriweather is officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s showdown with the Eagles, all indications are that he’ll suit up for the first time this season.
And there was no hiding his excitement on Friday.
“I would be ecstatic,” he said after practice. “I got guys that have been here working hard, trying to keep the ship to together. And it would be great to be out there with them guys.”
Meriweather stopped short of guaranteeing that he’ll line up at strong safety against the Michael Vick-less Eagles. But the 28-year-old acknowledged that he feels as good as he did prior to spraining his knee for the first time in the preseason.
“This is the best I’ve felt for a while,” he said.
Which is good news for the Redskins’ sagging secondary. Although Vick will miss the game with a concussion, rookie quarterback Nick Foles will have wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin and tight end Brent Celek at his disposal.
“He can do a lot of different things,” defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said of Meriweather. “He’s an ex-corner, so he can cover. He’s got good rush ability. There’s a of things that you can take advantage of – if he’s healthy.
Meriweather joked that one of his biggest challenges on Sunday will be avoiding teammates in the pregame warmup, making reference to his collision with Aldrick Robinson in Tampa Bay. Meriweather reinjured his knee when he ran into the wide receiver and he's been sidelined since.
“I’m going to stay away from everybody, not just Aldrick,” Meriweather said, smiling. “From D-Hall, too, everybody who’s out there, I’m going to stay away from them.”
NEW ORLEANS —The sad scene played out midway through the third quarter as Redskins running back Chris Thompson got carted off the Superdome field.
Thompson appeared to get rolled up on from behind by a Saints defender at the end of a Kirk Cousins run.
The injury looked bad in real time, and much worse on subsequent replays.
Most Washington players stood around Thompson as he got placed on the cart and the medical staff deployed a brace onto his lower right leg.
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Thompson has been Washington's best offensive player this season.
Through nine games, he has accumulated more than 750 total yards and five touchdowns. Thompson leads the NFL in receiving yards by a running back.
Injuries have been hitting the Redskins hard this season, and it seems Thompson will miss significant time. FOX analyst Troy Aikman wondered if Thompson's season was all but over.
NEW ORLEANS — The Redskins face the unenviable task of heading on the road in Week 11 to take on the red-hot Saints in, New Orleans, La. on Sunday.
An improbable and unexpected victory over the Saints would recquire a clean bill of health and plenty of good luck.
The list of inactives for Week 11 is good news-bad news scenario we are used to seeing for about the last month.
Here is the list:
- TE Jordan Reed
- C Spencer Long
- WR Terrelle Pryor
- G Arie Kouandjio
- CB Quinton Dunbar
- DL Caraun Reid
- WR Brian Quick
Reed, Long, and Pryor are not surprise inclusions to the list here. All three were declared out on the Friday injury report. Still, the bad news is that three Week 1 starters are on the shelf for a key game.
It’s good news that OT Trent Williams and ILB Zach Brown will play. They are among the most valuable players on their respective sides of the ball. Both were listed as questionable, Williams with a knee injury that has been an issue since Week 4 and Brown with an Achilles injury.
That’s also good news that wide receiver Ryan Grant is active. He was listed as questionable with concussion. With Quick (concussion) and Pyror sidelined the Redskins would have had only three wide receivers to get through the game.
Dunbar is suffering from an illness that hit him on Friday. His absence means that rookie Fabian Moreau will be the first cornerback off the bench.