Sunday, October 20, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Washington Redskins
By John Keim
LANDOVER, Md. -- Observed in the locker room after the Washington Redskins' 45-41 win over the Chicago Bears:
Relief: The Redskins’ locker room sure sounded different and more players lingered around until the end. Robert Griffin III had not yet showered an hour after the game, first rehashing the game with his fellow quarterbacks, then with the media and then again with others in front of his locker. Roy Helu was among the last to leave as well, doing a phone interview. “It’s a little bit of a confidence booster,” said backup nose tackle Chris Baker, who had a sack Sunday.
Hit man: As teammates celebrated, safety Brandon Meriweather was feeling good – but also perplexed after drawing two more unsportsmanlike-conduct penalties for his hits on receivers. Meriweather has a history of such fouls, and for being fined (which he will be again, at the least). He said he’s changed the way he hits receivers, but “no matter what I do I feel I’ll be in the wrong.”
Ouch: Safety Reed Doughty left the game for good in the fourth quarter with a concussion. He looked OK in the postgame locker room, but he’ll now be subject to the daily tests that must be passed if he wants to play next week. The Redskins need him healthy with a lack of depth at safety and if the league decides to suspend Meriweather.