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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