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Roster Moves: Brandon Meriweather to IR, Sign LB Steve Beauharnais

Meriweather ends his season on IR for the 2nd time in 3 years

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Brandon Meriweather has been dealing with a badly sprained big toe for the last few weeks, and has missed the last two games.  He was limited in practice on Wedndesday, but missed the rest of the week.  The Redskins have decided he will not be ready to play again this season, and have placed him on injured reserve opening up a roster spot for another player.  This is the 2nd time that Meriweather's season has ended on IR as a Redskin.  In 2012, he was battling multiple injuries all season, but was able to finally play in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles.  That lasted 2 quarters, and then his season was over with an ACL injury.

Brandon Meriweather originally signed with the Redskins during the 2012 offseason.  He signed a deal that was essentially a 2 year, $6 million, but included voidable years that left $1.2 million in dead cap money that counted against the Redskins cap this year.  The Redskins chose to re-sign Meriweather this season to a 1 year, $1 million contract, and also signed veteran FS Ryan Clark to a 1 year deal.  Both players could be either retired or on other teams next year leaving the Redskins searching for help at safety again.

Meriweather has said that he would like to return to the Redskins next season due to familiarity with the team, and coaches, but who will still be here next season?  Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett and Defensive Backs Coach Raheem Morris have been in charge of a defense that has continually struggled, and could be replaced next season.  Meriweather will likely sign a cheap deal again, but will he fit with the team if someone else is running the defense next year?