by Chuck Carroll

ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — The Washington Redskins will be without the services of Brandon Meriweather for the first two to four weeks of the season.

The strong safety suffered a sprained MCL and PCL during Monday’s practice head coach Mike Shanahan revealed.

Seventh year veteran Reed Doughty is listed behind Meriweather on the team’s depth chart and could start in Sunday’s season opener against the New Orleans Saints.

Doughty, 29, started 11 games for Washington last season where he recorded 88 tackles and a forced a fumble.

Meriweather, who signed with the team in March following a disappointing season in Chicago, replaced LaRon Landry on the roster.

He recorded five tackles and one passed defensed in two games this preseason.

Last season, Meriweather appeared in 11 games with four starts, each of which came during the first five games of the season. He recorded 32 tackles with two passes defensed during that stretch.

His best season came in 2009 in New England when he started all 16 games, picked off five passes and registered 83 tackles.

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