As with Brian Orakpo, the Redskins received good news on Brandon Meriweather, who does not need surgery on the left knee he injured Saturday night.
Coach Mike Shanahan said an MRI on Meriweather’s knee revealed swelling and that the starting strong safety was a little sore. Shanahan did not specify when Meriweather will return to practice but said he won’t play the rest of the preseason.
“We’ll have to take it day by day,” Shanahan said.
Meriweather injury will presumably give more playing time to Tanard Jackson as well as the safeties who find themselves on the bubble, such as Reed Doughty and Jordan Bernstine.
Some other injury updates from Shanahan’s post-practice news conference at Redskins Park:
--Linebacker London Fletcher, who missed Thursday’s practice and Saturday’s game with an undisclosed ailment, participated fully practice in Monday’s light practice, according to Shanahan, who added, “He should be ready to go unless there’s a setback.”
--Safety DeJon Gomes, who was spotted leaving Soldier Field with a walking boot on his left ankle, practiced today and should play against the Colts, Shanahan said.
--Running back Tim Hightower practiced but was “a little sore” afterward, Shanahan said. “If he does feel good enough to play, we’ll play him,” the coach added. “If not we’ll try to play him against Tampa” in preseason finale.
--Running back Roy Helu now has two sore Achilles’ tendons and did not practice. Shanahan said he doesn’t know whether he’ll play Saturday but added, “That’s not good news.”
--Left tackle Kory Lichtensteiger, who is recovering from a second procedure on his surgically repaired right knee, returned to practice Monday sporting a brace. It was his first practice since Day 2 of training camp.