Redskins' Meriweather likely out for Saturday

Redskins' Meriweather likely out for Saturday
August 22, 2013, 4:45 pm
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RG3 won't play unless the Doc says so

Robert Griffin III is not the only Redskins starter who may need to start the season opener without the benefit of having played in a preseason game.

Brandon Meriweather has been on and off the practice field during training camp due to a torn ACL he suffered in November. At times he has look good but he hasn’t played in the first two preseason games and Shanahan is doubtful that he will play against the Bills.

“Right now, I would say not,” he said when asked if Meriweather would play on Saturday. “I don’t feel like he’s quite there yet.”

Shanahan did say that he could change his mind after watching the practice film from Thursday but it seems like that the earliest Meriweather will play is during the preseason finale next Thursday against the Bucs.

But even playing in that game is no sure thing and that puts his participation in the season opener against the Eagles on September 9 in doubt.

“I just feel it’s a little early [to make that decision] right now, watching him in practice,” said Shanahan. “I think he’s close but he’s not there yet.”

Last year Meriweather was supposed to be the starter but knee injuries kept him out of all but one game. In his absence Reed Doughty, DeJon Gomes, and Jordan Pugh rotated at the position depending on game situations. If Meriweather can’t play in the opener look for a similar arrangement again.