By Kevin Ross
The Washington Redskins received a major shock this week when they learned that starting safety Brandon Meriweather had torn his ACL against Philadelphia. Meriweather will not appear on this week’s injury report, as he has no chance of playing this Thursday and is lost for the season.
This injury was shocking to the organization, given that Meriweather appeared just fine following the blowout win against the Eagles,
“He [Brandon Meriweather] talked to me after the game,” said Coach Shanahan. “And said he felt great and, ‘don’t worry about me coach, I’m ready to go. It’s a little sprain; I could have gone in there and finished the game.’ Obviously, with the score the way it was, we weren’t going to take a chance and put him back in.”
And if losing Meriweather wasn’t a big enough blow to the defense, it appears that the burgundy and gold may have to face Dallas without their starting middle linebacker. London Fletcher has not missed a game in his entire 15 season NFL career, but that streak is in serious jeopardy as Fletcher battles a sprained ankle. Fletcher has been in a walking boot this week, and will have to lean on his super-hero like recovery ability if he is to keep his streak alive.
Coach Shanahan spoke about the streak and what it means to the organization, “It matters to London. It matters to us, not necessarily the streak, but playing. And there is a reason why he has played all those games because he plays when he is hurt and hopefully he will be able to play. But I can’t tell you for sure.” Coach Shanahan won’t be able to tell us more until Thursday, as Fletcher will be a game time decision. Look for Lorenzo Alexander to start if Fletcher is ruled out on Thanksgiving.
The injury report did however provide some positive news for Redskins nation, as starting wide receiver Pierre Garcon is a shoe-in to see the field against Dallas. It’s not clear if Garcon’s health is improving, or if the wide receiver is simply learning how to cope with the pain better.
Either way Garcon being on the field is huge for Washington, and they will look to get Garcon more involved in the offense this week. Quarterback Robert Griffin III talked about the intangibles that Garcon brings to the offense, “Pierre brings an attitude to the game. He’s going to talk. He’s going to play hard. He’s going to block. He’s going to let you know that he’s out there, whether it’s me or the defense. It’s just that attitude that he brings to the other receivers on the field. That’s what you can feel the most. He looked really good on film. Based on what we saw, he ran great routes. He was open most of the time. We’ll look to get it to him.”
The Washington Redskins Injury Report
Did Not Participate in Practice: (LB) London Fletcher – Ankle
Limited Participation in Practice: (WR) Pierre Garcon – Foot; (TE) Logan Paulsen – Hip; (LT) Trent Williams – Ankle/Shoulder; (DB) Josh Wilson – Shoulder
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Kevin Ross is a freelance writer covering all things Washington Redskins. His work can be found on Examiner.com.