Brandon Meriweather says he is on schedule to return from a torn ACL suffered in his right knee during a star-crossed first season with the Washington Redskins.
The strong safety sprained the knee during Week 2 of the preseason and then re-injured the knee before the season opener and again in Week 4. That kept him out until Week 11 when he suffered the ACL tear against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Meriweather began running on grass two weeks ago, according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, and he is unlikely to be on the field for any football activity until training camp.
The Redskins, short on draft picks from the Robert Griffin III trade a year ago, addressed the position this past weekend. Fresno State safety Phillip Thomas was selected in the fourth round and the team doubled back on the position in the sixth round, drafting Georgia’s Bacarri Rambo. The hope, though, is that Meriweather will be prepared to start when the regular season arrives.
“I’m trying to look at the big picture, and the big picture is (training camp),” Meriweather said.
Meriweather was a Pro Bowl performer previously for the New England Patriots but he struggled in 2011 playing for the Chicago Bears. Now, he’s got to get healthy.
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