By Tarik El-Bashir
Brandon Meriweather will be sidelined as many as four more weeks with two sprained ligaments in his left knee, Coach Mike Shanahan estimated on Monday.
Meriweather originally injured the knee during the preseason. Then, two hours before he was set to make his debut in Tampa, the veteran safety collided with teammate Aldrick Robinson during pregame warmups, re-injuring the knee.
Meriweather was examined by team doctors Sunday.
“I’d say it’s going to take Brandon in the area of four weeks before he comes back,” Shanahan said. “That’s just guessing. That’s what our doctor things right now, looking at his knee.”
Although he hasn’t played a snap this season, Meriweather’s diagnosis deals a blow to the Redskins’ struggling secondary. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett had hoped Meriweather, a converted cornerback, would help bolster a corps of defensive backs that’s yielded a league-worst 13 passing touchdowns in five games.
Shanahan also acknowledged that Meriweather’s knee was injured worse in the collision with Robinson.
“Second and third degree,” Shanahan said of the MCL and PCL ligaments in Meriweather’s knee. “He had an additional setback."