Nov 18, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather (31) is tackled after making an interception against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half at FedEX Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Redskins hope to have Brandon Meriweather in must-win game

After Washington Redskins starting safety Brandon Meriweather participated in pre-game warms ups Monday night, it looked like he may make his 2013 NFL debut after suffering a groin injury during the preseason. But as it turned out, he was against the Philadelphia Eagles, who torched Skins’ defense. The Redskins had the league’s 30th-ranked pass defense last season with Meriweather missing all but one game. The defense struggled again Monday with Meriweather sidelined.

The oft-injure Meriweather has missed 16 of a possible 17 games with Redskins since he joined the team in 2012.

Meriweather spent the offseason working his way back from ACL surgery last fall, and played the first two quarters of the preseason finale against Tampa Bay. Meriweather’s surgically repaired right knee didn’t suffer any setbacks after the game, but he injured his groin the Monday prior to Week One.

Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett knows by now not to get his hopes up, saying of Meriweather’s possible return:

“I’d love to have him back. I haven’t seen him play for so long, I’m not sure. But hopefully — I said the same thing last week. I thought he was going to play last week and he didn’t. So we’ll see.”



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