The Redskins updated the status of two key players today. One could return as soon as this week and one will be out for at least the next four weeks. Both players, however, are starters.
The Washington Redskins official Twitter page, @Redskins, tweeted this today:
"@Redskins: Shanahan reports doctors have predicted S. Brandon Meriweather (knee) will not be eligible to return for another four weeks."
Meriweather has already missed the first five games of the season due to a knee injury and now it seems he will likely miss the first nine weeks of the season all together. The Pro Bowl safety was set to return to action last weekend against the Buccaneers, but a pre-game collision between he and Aldrick Robinson kept them both out for the game and reaggravated his knee injury.
The Redskins have been going with Reed Doughty in place of Meriweather as of late. Doughty has performed better than expected which has been a pleasant and almost unnoticed surprise for the Redskins. Through the first five games of the season, Doughty has 15 tackles and one interception.
The big news from today regards Redskins rookie phenom Robert Griffin III. Late in the third quarter, Griffin was knocked out of the game due to a mild concussion. Back quarterback Kirk Cousins finished the game for the Redskins and threw a touchdown and two interceptions.
Griffin will be going to see a specialist this evening so he can be examined. Dan Graziano of ESPN has the full report here.
Griffin will have to pass all of the NFL rigorous post-concussion tests if he wants to play this weekend against the Vikings. According to the report, Griffin appears to be feeling better today and could even practice as soon as Wednesday. If he practices, expect to see him play on Sunday. If not, likely Kirk Cousins will get the nod.
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Source: Redskins, ESPN