The Washington Redskins’ week ten bye saw the return to the practice field of tackle Jammal Brown and safety Brandon Meriweather (above, middle). Both players have not played a regular season game in 2012. Brown has been sidelined due to a torn ligament in his hip. Meriweather has been sidelined with a left knee injury.
Meriweather and Brown were brought to Washington to rectify issues within the offensive line and secondary before the 2012 season. Their absence has exacerbated the strain on those units. Meriweather hopes to be available for the Redskins’ week 11 matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles. Brown remains under evaluation to determine when and if he will see his first regular season action.
Meanwhile, wide receiver Pierre Garcon saw limited practice because of his injured foot. Washington head coach Mike Shanahan is still uncertain if Garcon will play. If Garcon can’t play once again, wide receivers Aldrick Robinson, Santana Moss, and Dezmon Briscoe will once again have to step up and pick up the slack.
The Redskins have to be encouraged by the presence of Brown and Meriweather, who have had successful careers with the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots, respectively. If Brown can come back soon, he will be a great addition to an offensive line that has played better of late, but is still prone to inconsistency.
Meriweather’s return will surely solidify a Redskins’ secondary that has been excoriated in print for most of the season. He excels in pass coverage, which is something that no one has been able to say about the Redskins’ secondary in 2012. Despite the Redskins’ 3-6 record, they are still mathematically in the playoff race. If they are to make a serious playoff push, the availability of their best players is critical. How effective they will be remains to be seen.