SANTA CLARA, Calif. (CBSDC) — Redskins cornerback David Amerson was suspended for Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers for violating an unspecified team rule.
Multiple teammates later said Amerson, a second-year pro and a starter, missed a team meeting. Washington coach Jay Gruden declined to elaborate on why Amerson was inactive for Sunday’s game other than to say it was a coaches’ decision and “an in-house deal.”
“We were disappointed, obviously,” Gruden said. “David did not play. That was my decision not to play David. He’s going to play for us for a very long time in the future, but unfortunately it wasn’t today.”
Veteran Tracy Porter started for Amerson before leaving the game with a sprained AC joint in his shoulder. Also, cornerback E.J. Biggers suffered a concussion and was knocked from the game in the first half. Corner Greg Ducre had an interception, but the rookie was in and out with cramps in the second half. Meanwhile, safety Brandon Meriweather was forced to play some corner out of desperation.
Amerson’s absence exacerbated it all. He started the first 10 games of this season and has played in 26 games in two years in the NFL.
“Things happen. He is human,” Porter said. “That is what some people fail to realize. We are professional athletes, but at the end of the day we are human. Humans make mistakes. Whatever it was the mistake that [Amerson] made, he made it and has learned from it. He is looking forward to getting back out there on the field. He will be a big help for us come next week.”
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