Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather tore his right ACL and will miss the rest of the season, coach Mike Shanahan said.
It’s yet another blow to a defense that finally played a complete game in Sunday’s 31-6 win over Philadelphia. Meriweather hurt his right knee early in the third quarter and did not return Sunday. After the game, Meriweather was optimistic about even playing Thursday and called it a minor sprain.
“He felt great and said, ‘Don’t worry about me coach, I’m ready to go. It’s a little sprain,’ “ Shanahan said.
Meriweather missed the first nine games with a sprained left knee, but made an impact in his Redskins debut with an interception and seven tackles.
“You can’t ask a guy to play any better,” Shanahan said. “He made some plays, made nice tackles and pass breakups and adds a lot to our team. We’ll have guys step up and play well in his spot.”
DeJon Gomes or Reed Doughty will replace Meriweather. Gomes had played sparingly in recent weeks, but had been doing better in practice. Shanahan was pleased with Gomes’ performance Sunday.
Meriweather is not the only injured Redskin. Linebacker London Fletcher (left ankle sprain) and corner Josh Wilson (second degree strain of his rotator cuff) also emerged banged up. Shanahan said he wasn’t sure what either player’s status is for Thursday’s game at Dallas. Fletcher finished Sunday’s game.
Tight end Logan Paulsen (hip strain) is still sore, but also finished Sunday. There was no change in wide receiver Pierre Garcon’s status after he played with the plantar’s plate in his right foot.