Redskins injury updates after Thursday's practice

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Washington Redskins strong safety Brandon Meriweather did drill work again during practice on Thursday as he recovers from a concussion.

If Meriweather is cleared by team doctors to participate in practice on Friday then he has a chance to play in Sunday’s home game against the Detroit Lions, according to Redskins coach Mike Shanahan.

Meriweather declined to speak with reporters for the second day in a row. He did say that on Friday he would address his $42,000 fine this week for a hit to the head on Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy. 

Meanwhile, Washington defensive lineman Barry Cofield is now wearing a cast in practice that allows his fingers to be exposed. That should help him better deal with opposing offensive lineman against the Lions.

Cofield sustained a broken right hand in an Aug. 19 preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and had a six-to-eight week recovery time. He has been able to play with a full cast covering the injured hand.

Kicker Kai Forbath (groin) was on the field for practice on Thursday, but did not participate. The plan remains to evaluate him on Friday. Shanahan said Forbath feels better. For now, kicker John Potter remains on the roster and took the repetitions during practice. 

“But until [Forbath] actually kicks we won’t know for sure,” Shanahan said. “Probably Friday or Saturday will be the first time we try to kick him to see how he does.”

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