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Meriweather Vows To Come Back Stronger

Posted by Andrew Walker on November 19, 2012 – 3:36 pm

(Photo by Brian Murphy // ExtremeSkins.com)

Brandon Meriweather on Sunday provided the kind of spark the Washington Redskins’ defense has been craving the entire season.

Unfortunately for Meriweather, his teammates, coaches and Redskins fans, the safety’s season has come to an abrupt end — just when it was getting off to a late start.

Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said today that Meriweather will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his right knee, a day after Meriweather registered seven tackles, two pass breakups and an interception in the Redskins’ 31-6 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Meriweather suffered the injury in the third quarter of Sunday’s game. While chasing the ball carrier, his knee appeared to buckle without any other contact, and he was removed from the game for what was characterized after the game as a “precautionary” measure.

But an MRI performed today on the knee told a different story.

Meriweather took to Twitter today to relay a message to the Redskins fans:

A “bad season” is an understatement for Meriweather, a two-time Pro Bowl selection who is in his first season with the Redskins. Signed in the offseason to help stabilize the secondary, Meriweather suffered a knee injury in a preseason matchup against the Chicago Bears.

He worked his way back to the field as was expected to start Week 4 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but suffered even greater damage to his knee when he collided with wide receiver Aldrick Robinson during pregame warmups.

When Meriweather finally got on the field for the Redskins on Sunday, you could tell something was different. A unit that ranked 30th in the NFL in pass defense coming into the Eagles game looked like a completely different bunch.

“He was a boost for us,” linebacker and captain Lorenzo Alexander said after the game. “He’s a guy that loves to fly around, is real physical and has a ball of energy. He was real fresh today, and you could see that. … That’s a guy that you want to have out there because he plays with a lot of passion and makes a lot of big plays for us. That’s somebody we definitely need, and I think he really helped our defense get off to that great start today.”

Meriweather, via his Twitter account, vowed to come back stronger from his most recent setback.

Best of luck, Brandon.


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12 Responses to “Meriweather Vows To Come Back Stronger”

  1. By Joe Stanger on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    Cut him today. Obviously he did absolutely no offseason strenghthening and is yet another HUGE waste of money. Please, please, please just cut him today.

    Signed,
    Everybody

  2. By Anna on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    If we cut Meriweather then we have a weak defense. Doughty cant perform anymore. Wilson blows coverage more than anyone on the team. Hall is getting old and is either on or off. We would have no consistancy in the back.
    In a team thats fresh with new talent, give him til next season and bring in better defensive guys to help him out when he comes back.

  3. By Ryan on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    The guy played his a** off yesterday and was the best looking defender on the field. I’m looking forward to his return next year already. No reason to cut this guy.

    Freak things happen on the field. People get injured. I doubt this had anything to do with Merriweather’s off season training. I believe him when he says he will come back stronger. This guy had character and heart, and his play on the field demonstrates it.

  4. By LaQuonda on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    I think that Meriweather did a fantastic job yesterday on the field and the defense looked totally different with him in the lineup… keep him…

  5. By Stevieray on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    He’s no Albert Haynesworth, he will be fine next year, we need players like him.

  6. By kirk on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    Torn…the guy can play, you could see a differnce when he stepped on the field, but thats the problem, he is never on the field. He might be headed down the Bob Sanders road. I really like Brandon, but the best player in the world aint worth two cent to you if they can’t get on the field. It may be just me but I feel we let a better backfield go than we been playing this year…Kevin Barnes and Chris Horton. Ijs

  7. By Edward on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    Cut him? Are you serious, the knee injuries he had, he had no control over. I thought his season was over after the way he landed in that Aldrick Robinson collision. That man is a team player and hits and covers like beast. DeJon Gomes even stepped up, be it some observation of Merriweather at the position and Williams was lighting it up (as he always does as a solid hitter and tackler, i.e. the reason Mccoy left the game. Merriweather, Williams, Jackson and Griffin are ideal DBs for a Raheem Morris and Haslett D. If you look at the Steelers they are bigger guys who seek contact and aggressive on contact. There is no reason to cut Merriweather. Now if his energy resonates then the Skins DBs aka the MISFITS should be ok, that defense played violent, all of the young LBs played like they were on opium – fast and fearless Jackson, Riley . Doughty is solid in the box, but terrible on coverage. Jackson (pending he comes back better) is a solid guy in that secondary as well.

  8. By rg3andthensome on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    Brandon did a great job and helped our unit to step up….Guy looked great and I want to see more!

  9. By kevo the moneylova on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    I think next year if they get somebody in the back field with brandon meriweather we would be a top five defense if they cut him it would be very dumb i believe if they wouldve kept laron landry we wouldve had to very hard hitters in the backfield that QB’s would be scared of…i hear jets gave laron landry a 1 yr contract if thats true they could pick him up after this year if he’s healthy

  10. By David Kunhardt on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    Just goes to show you the enormous difference one inspired player can make. I just hope that you will encourage the players from the sidelines as well. You can still make a huge difference Brandon! Go Skins!

  11. By millerdog on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    To all those who want to keep or cut him. I wouls suggest to everyone that he is going through another surgery and for a fast defensive back that is not good. He may have been great and he may have been good Sunday until he tore the other knee. I would say, find a few younger and not so costly guys. There are many out there. He may have been great, but that was then, after any surgery to any knee the chances you will retain the speed are not good. I wish him the best and if he had not torn 2 knees, then yes keep him, but he has torn both knees and I would ne sceptical that this would not continue. Don’t take another chance and the same goes with Garcon.

  12. By millerdog on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    I think Landry may have been a cancer we never heard about from what I have heard. Of course my hearing is bad. The defensive backs may stick out more because 2 very good defensive guys are hurt. Put them back in and the backs do not have the same presure. as far as the meriweather issue, he may be good or great but after 2 surgeries and 1 more coming, I would think it time to try an younger healthier back.Meriweather is now damaged goods. Bad knees at the speed spot are not a good sign.

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