Strong safety Brandon Meriweather probably will make his Redskins debut Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after fully participating in Friday’s practice. He’s listed as probable on the injury report after missing the first three games with a sprained left knee.
“I’d be ecstatic,” Meriweather said. “I wouldn’t say I’m amped up to prove something. I’m more happy I got the chance to do something that I love.”
Second-year safety DeJon Gomes has played in Meriweather’s place. Gomes has been a serviceable replacement, but some missed tackles and bad angles have been problematic. Meriweather also could have a greater impact blitzing.
“I could bring a lot,” said Meriweather, a two-time Pro Bowler. “I’m good at disguising. I’m patient. I can do all the little things.”
Receiver Brandon Banks was surprised to learn he’s listed as questionable. Mike Shanahan said Banks suffered his hip injury during Sunday’s game against Cincinnati and that his condition has deteriorated each day since. Banks said he was injured “sometime this week” but not during the game.
“I feel all right,” Banks said. “I want to play.”
Left tackle Trent Williams, still hobbled by a bone bruise in his right knee, was limited in practice after missing sessions on Wednesday and Thursday. He is listed as questionable.
“Whatever [Shanahan] feels is best for me, that’s what I’m going to do,” Williams said.
Receiver Pierre Garcon (right foot) is questionable after being limited in practice all week.
Cornerback Cedric Griffin (hamstring) is out.
Running back Evan Royster (right knee) and receiver Leonard Hankerson (back) are expected to play after fully participating in Friday’s practice.