ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — The Washington Redskins continue to prepare for opening day, but are doing so without Brandon Meriweather. The safety will be sidelined two to four weeks with a sprained MCL and PCL.

Meriweather sustained the injury during a freak accident in Monday’s practice. It is the same left knee he injured during during the team’s second preseason contest.

“Monday, in practice, he came down awkwardly on his knee,” head coach Mike Shanahan said.

DeJon Gomes and Reed Doughty are likely candidates to replace Meriweather in the starting lineup.

On a positive injury note for the Redskins, Brian Orakpo (left pectoral) and Kory Lichtensteiger (knee scope) were both able to fully participate in practice and should be ready to go against the New Orleans Saints.

“Kory’s done a good job,”  Shanahan said on Lichtensteiger.

Robert Griffin III, who will become the first rookie quarterback to start a Week One contest for the Redskins in more than 50 years, is getting ready to fulfill a lifelong dream.

“It’s every kid’s dream to play in the NFL,” Griffin said.  “I’m excited about it.”

Griffin is also preparing for the noise expected at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

“It’ll be really loud. I have been to Saints games,”  he said.  “We just need to make sure that we can communicate non-verbally.”


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