Frustrated Meriweather hopes to play Sunday

Frustrated Meriweather hopes to play Sunday
September 12, 2013, 2:15 pm
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Meriweather expected to debut vs. Green Bay

A day after returning to team drills, Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather said his sore groin muscle feels “great.”

“I think it went all right,” Meriweather said of Tuesday’s session, his first full practice in more than a week. “I didn’t have any soreness, so I guess it went well. Right now I feel great.”

Coach Mike Shanahan said he expects Meriweather to suit up in Green Bay if there is no setback. Meriweather said he agrees with Shanahan's assessment.

“Coach is a smart guy,” Meriweather said. “He knows players. He knows our movements. If he feels like I’m ready to go play, I’m going to play.”

Meriweather also said he’s not sure how he suffered the groin injury. He does, however, suspect that fatigue and/or dehydration could have contributed to it. But the injury did not occur during the preseason finale in Tampa, he said.

“It’s been very frustrating,” Meriweather said. “The worst thing is sitting there watching your team go through something and you’re just sitting there watching. It’s frustrating to watch the people that you done grew to love go through a war and you’re not there to help them.”

Meriweather has played just two-plus quarters in 18 possible games since signing with the Redskins in March 2012.

“I can’t say I feel pressure,” he said. “I believe everything happens for a reason. And apparently it was not meant for me to go out there last week. I guess I wasn’t ready. I just hope I’m ready this week.”  

So do his teammates.

“That game he played last year, it was like he had a star in Mario Bros.,” nose tackle Barry Cofield said. “He was running through everything. He was invincible. He was in turbo speed and we were all regular people. So if he can give us half of that, that'll be great. He's going to be hungry, he's a smart guy, he's been in meetings the whole time. If he can get out there and get healthy and get his confidence back I think he'll help make us a better defense.”