The Washington Times - October 31, 2012, 11:18AM

Brandon Meriweather will push his injured right knee this week in practice but could not say for sure Wednesday whether he’d play for the Washington Redskins against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

Meriweather said he’s feeling a lot better than he was before the Sept. 30 game at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that was supposed to be his return before he re-injured the knee.

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“Am I ready to play? I don’t know yet,” Meriweather said. “And that’s something I hope I’m going to figure out this week.”

Meriweather participated in just one of three practices last week. But the safety said that there was not a setback.

“I think it was more just being cautious because we didn’t want to re-injure something,” he said. “We’ve got a long season ahead of us, and we know that. We’re just trying to make sure when I come back it’s not for one game, it’s for the rest of the season.”

Meriweather, who has yet to play in a regular-season game with the Redskins after spraining ligaments in his right knee, will try to practice this week.

“I’m going to go out there and give my all and see if I can help the team any way I can,” he said.

This week will determine a lot. With the Panthers game the only thing left before the bye week, not playing would give him extra rest.

“We’re going to go out, I’m going to push it a little bit and see where we go from there,” Meriweather said. “If it goes good, maybe y’all will see me out there this week. If it goes bad, I’ll be out another week. Either way it goes, I’ve got two weeks before our next game, so it should be OK.”