The Washington Times - August 27, 2013, 04:51PM

The Redskins know who won’t be playing on Thursday night in their preseason finale against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: pretty much any expected starter.

No reason to risk injury at this point with the season opener against the Philadelpia Eagles just 13 days away. Washington already lost defensive back/punt returner Richard Crawford to a knee injury on Saturday against the Buffalo Bills.


The offensive players sitting out: Alfred Morris, Roy Helu, Darrel Young, Kirk Cousins, Robert Griffin, Aldrick Robinson, Pierre Garcon, Santana Moss, Chris Chester, Tyler Polumbus, Will Montgomery, Trent Williams and Kory Lichtensteiger.

The defensive players who will simply watch: Brian Orakpo, Barry Cofield, Ryan Kerrigan, Perry Riley, London Fletcher, Reed Doughty, Stephen Bowen, Kedric Goston and DeAngelo Hall.

One player who will be on the field against Tampa Bay is safety Brandon Meriweather, who sustained a torn right ACL last Nov. 18. He’d been limited to scout team work in recent weeks, but is finally ready to test the knee in a game. Will it be an emotional return? Not really. Meriweather said he felt prepared to go during OTAs. Exaggeration or not, he’s been ready.

“Not too many people get to play good off their emotions,” Meriweather said. “When you start putting your emotions in it, that’s when you kind of [slip]. You know, everybody loves the game and they play to have fun, but when you start getting too emotional, you try to do too much.”