The Redskins defense limped out of its best game of the season Sunday. It turns out the 31-6 victory over Philadelphia came with a significant price.
Strong safety Brandon Meriweather tore the ACL in his right knee and is out for the season. He crumpled to the ground without being contacted during a third-quarter running play. It soured his impactful Redskins debut in which he had an interception and seven tackles.
Meriweather missed the first nine games this season because of a sprained left knee. He was the Redskins’ highest-profile free agent addition on defense last offseason.
“I want to start off by saying I’m sorry to all the redskins fan,” Meriweather wrote on his Twitter account. “Y’all are the best. But this was a bad season for me.
“I promise that I’ll be back next yr better then ever. Hard work pays off. God had something different for me this year. So see y’all next yr”
Meriweather’s recovery will take at least six months, coach Mike Shanahan said. He’ll have ligament reconstruction surgery sometime during the next two weeks.
Other prominent defensive players besides Meriweather were hurt.
Inside linebacker London Fletcher sprained his left ankle. He would not have participated Monday if the team had practiced, Shanahan said. Fletcher’s status for Thursday’s game at Dallas is uncertain.
Cornerback Josh Wilson suffered a second-degree strain of the rotator cuff in his left shoulder on the fifth-to-last play of the game. He would have been limited in any practice Monday.
Tight end Logan Paulsen (hip strain), receiver Pierre Garcon (sprained right foot) and left tackle Trent Williams (sprained ankle) would have been limited.
Safety Reed Doughty had stitches to close a wound on one of his fingers. He’s expected to be OK for Thursday’s game.