It was a big enough blow to the Washington Redskins when the NFL suspended safety Tanard Jackson for violating the substance abuse policy. And it didn’t help that they face Drew Brees and a potent New Orleans Saints offense in Week 1.
But Wednesday’s news could be even worse, as safety Brandon Meriweather will miss the next two to four weeks with a left knee injury, coach Mike Shanahan said. Meriweather sprained the medial collateral ligament and posterior cruciate ligament in that knee.
“You’re obviously disappointed when you lose two safeties or two guys you thought that you could start. Obviously disappointed with Tanard Jackson and Brandon, but that’s why you have depth,” Shanahan said. “You never know when those things happen. When they do, obviously you adjust.”
“He was fine until that time. He was practicing a hundred percent,” Shanahan said. “It was just kind of a freak accident.”
“I made a lot of strides. I don’t know if it’s just coverage or it’s understanding the defense greater,” Gomes said. “Any time you’re around a good bunch of DBs, you always want to elevate your game.”
“Well, obviously we’ve got four safeties left and we’ve got five corners, so we’ll come up with the best combination to try to slow down the Saints,” he said.
Third most valuable NFL franchise
Forbes released its annual list of NFL franchise values Wednesday, which featured good and bad news for the Redskins.
The bad news is that they lost to the Dallas Cowboys, who are the most valuable at $2.1 billion. The good news is that the Redskins are ranked No. 3 in the league at $1.6 billion.
It helps that the Redskins own FedEx Field and can receive the revenue generated from home games. Their value is up 3 percent from a year ago, when it was $1.55 billion.View Entire Story
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