By Kevin Ross
The Washington Redskins injury report for week 5 includes many familiar faces; most noticeably starting safety Brandon Meriweather who reinjured his MCL and PCL after colliding with Aldrick Robinson during pregame warm-ups last Sunday.
Meriweather is the only Redskin player listed officially as “out” for Sunday’s home game against the Atlanta Falcons. And Coach Haslett’s defensive gameplan changes drastically without starting safety Brandon Meriweather in the lineup.
Jim Haslett took time to explain to the media just how important Meriweather is to the operation, and how difficult it was to replace him unexpectedly after last week’s freakish injury, “The other day we knew Meriweather was going to play. We had a lot of plans for him, a lot of things to do. He actually becomes our third corner in a lot of situations so we had to scrap all that stuff. So, you’re sitting in the locker room crossing things off and thinking of things you can do, and we decided to go with [safety] Reed [Doughty] as the starter. It changed your plans because everybody has their strengths and weaknesses. Meriweather has great strengths because he’s an ex-corner that can play coverage. He’s a really good cover guy and we just lost that ability at the time”, said Jim Haslett.
Meriweather will be greatly missed on Sunday, however he is not the biggest name on the injury report, as that honor would belong to starting left tackle Trent Williams.
Williams played through extraordinary pain during last week’s win at Tampa Bay, and he must repeat that performance if Washington is to compete with Atlanta. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan made no secret that if Williams is out of the game that will limit the types of plays that he can call for the offense, “If Trent is out and someone else comes in and they’re struggling, you definitely have to limit what you’re calling,” said Kyle Shanahan.
The Falcons only listed one player (TE, Michael Palmer) on Friday’s official injury report; which seems a little unfair when you look at Washington having eight players crowd the report with various ailments. But nevertheless this Sunday will be a measuring stick for the Redskins who seek to prove to themselves that they can be a winning ball club in the National Football League. “Hopefully, we can get over the hump this week and beat a good football team in our backyard. We’ve made some strides, we’re a better football team now than we have been over the last couple years. Hopefully, we can show it this weekend,” said head coach Mike Shanahan.
The Washington Redskins official injury report lists the following players as out: (S) Brandon Meriweather –Knee; (CB) Cedric Griffin – Hamstring
The Redskins only list one player as “questionable” meaning his availability will likely be a game time decision: (RB) Evan Royster -Knee
The following players are listed as probable and baring an unlikely event will play for Washington this Sunday: (WR) Brandon Banks – hip; (WR) Pierre Garcon –foot; (CB) DeAngelo Hall – illness; (WR) Aldrick Robinson – head; (LT) Trent Williams – knee.
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Kevin Ross is a freelance writer covering all things Washington Redskins. His work can be found on Examiner.com.