The Washington Redskins injury report begins with and ends with starting safety Brandon Meriweather. And that can be taken literal as Meriweather is the only Redskins who will not suit up against the Saints.
If you had to choose one unit of the team that you would like to see at full capacity going against New Orleans, one would have to choose the secondary. Washington’s secondary won’t intimidate any offenses this season, and without Brandon Meriweather the Redskins could struggle against Drew Brees and his plethora of weapons.
Meriweather is slated to miss 2-4 weeks, after suffering a sprained ACL/PCL in his knee during Monday’s practice.
It will be difficult to replace Meriweather’s pass coverage skills and ball hawking ability. And it will be even more difficult to replace the intimidation factor that he brings to the secondary. Brandon Meriweather has developed a long rap sheet for delivering illegal blows to receivers, tight ends, or any ball catcher that trots in the secondary.
Meriweather has been called dirty on many occasions, and has built a reputation of having no regard for collecting penalties and fines. And receivers know that a hit from Meriweather could very well end their season or their career.
Having that intimation factor in the secondary is priceless, and it’s what separates good safeties from feared safeties. And you can bet the pass happy Saints will attempt to take full advantage of the Redskins secondary as they try to blow the roof off of the Superdome.
Meriweather a two-time pro bowl safety under Bill Belichick in New England, was hoping to return to form this year as a Redskin. But that won’t happen in week one, and Washington must now lean on 2nd-year pro DeJon Gomes or veteran safety Reed Doughty.
Either way this is life in the National Football League, where the next man up will need to earn his paycheck.
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Kevin Ross is a freelance writer covering all things Washington Redskins. His work can be found on Examiner.com.