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The Redskins figured to let Pugh have some fun on special teams, but his increased role was necessitated by Meriweather aggravating his left knee injury in a freak pregame collision with Aldrick Robinson Sept. 30 at Tampa Bay.

Naturally, it had to catch him a little by surprise.

“You expect it to come because of course you want to play and you know the reason why you were brought in,” Pugh said. “Then at the same time to come this quick, it’s a blessing because everything comes with a process. And you know that the process is there. Sometimes the process moves faster than what you think it is.”

The Redskins hope the process all around at the position moves quicker in the absence of Meriweather. They don’t have another choice when safeties aren’t dropping out of trees.