We could get some clarity in the Brandon Meriweather situation today and the Redskins could be in a big bind after the news comes down.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden said after last night’s preseason game in Tampa that he believes that the appeal hearing for Meriweather, who has been suspended the first two games of the season for repeated violation of NFL safety rules after an illegal hit on Ravens receiver Torrey Smith in a preseason game last Saturday, is slated to take place today. The rulings in these appeals generally come fairly quickly so we should know something by the end of the day.
If the suspension is upheld, or even if it is reduced to one game, the Redskins will be in a bit of a bind when it comes to making roster cuts. Those are due at 4 p.m. on Saturday. They won’t get a roster exemption until Monday, Gruden confirmed. They will have to release a player to get to 53 and then bring him back after Meriweather’s suspension starts on Monday.
In other news regarding the muddled safety position, Tarik El-Bashir of CSNwashington.com reported that Phillip Thomas’ foot injury is not believed to be serious. The second-year safety did not travel to Tampa with the team. Instead, he went to see a foot specialist in North Carolina to have him examine some soreness on the same foot where he suffered a Lisfranc injury in the preseason last year. Although El-Bashir’s report is encouraging, Gruden did not confirm it nor did he have any additional details.
Regardless of Thomas’ status or who the Redskins sign to fill the Meriweather roster spot it appears that Bacarri Rambo will start at safety against the Texans. He got tuned up against the Bucs by playing 15 snaps and getting one tackle for a loss.