Washington Redskins: John Potter

ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins strong safety Brandon Meriweather passed his concussion tests and took part in some drills during practice Wednesday. He will continue to be monitored daily to make sure no symptoms arise.

Meriweather was knocked from Sunday’s loss at Green Bay with a concussion after his hit on running back James Starks. He was fined $42,000 for his hit on Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy earlier in that game, which gave the rookie runner a concussion.

Kicker Kai Forbath did not practice because of his sore groin and won’t kick until Friday. The Redskins have kept John Potter around this week in case Forbath can’t go. Coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday that he would consider using both during the game. He did not want to do that last week, saying Forbath’s groin was bad enough that the motion of just kicking a field goal was tough.

Potter missed his only attempt versus the Packers, a 50-yarder that he badly missed wide right.

Defensive end Kedric Golston was limited because of an abdominal issue.

Meanwhile, the Redskins' opponent Sunday, the Detroit Lions, has a long list of players who are hurting. Running back Reggie Bush (knee), safety Don Carey (hamstring), safety Louis Delmas (knee), receiver Patrick Edwards (ankle) and tackle Jason Fox (groin) did not practice Wednesday, and defensive tackle Nick Fairley (shoulder) and guard Rob Sims (knee) practiced but were limited.
ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins won't get a good feel for strong safety Brandon Meriweather or place kicker Kai Forbath's status until later this week.

Meriweather, who exited Sunday's 38-20 loss to Green Bay with a concussion, is still undergoing tests. Coach Mike Shanahan said they'll have a better idea on how he's doing on Wednesday. With Forbath, who missed Sunday's game with a strained groin, they'll likely wait until Friday to let him kick. At that point, they'll know better whether he'll kick in Sunday's game versus Detroit.

Kicker John Potter remained on the roster Monday, but it's uncertain if he'll do so the rest of the week. The Redskins could release him, then bring back quarterback Pat White (whose locker has not yet been cleaned out). Or, they could always keep Potter and work out more kickers Tuesday.

As for Meriweather, Shanahan did not think either of his hits should have received a penalty (neither one did). Shanahan said on the first one, it looked like the running back, Eddie Lacy, ducked his head late and caused him to go helmet-to-helmet with Meriweather. But TV replays also showed Meriweather's head already lowered. UPDATE: Meriweather was fined but not suspended for the helmet-to-helmet hit according to Adam Shefter.

Shanahan also said there were no issues with the second one, in which Meriweather collided with running back James Starks and suffered a concussion himself from that hit.

"That's a legal hit," Shanahan said.


Washington Redskins inactives

September, 15, 2013
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Redskins will use place-kicker John Potter instead of injured Kai Forbath in rainy Green Bay on Sunday. Potter has never attempted a field goal in the NFL, but he was in the Redskins' camp this summer and has a strong leg for kickoffs. There were days in training camp where Potter looked pretty good on field goals, then other days where he was inconsistent with 40-yard line drives.

But there were no other surprises among the inactives. The other six are quarterback Rex Grossman, running back Evan Royster, safety Jordan Pugh, safety Jose Gumbs, nose tackle Chris Neild and guard Josh LeRibeus. The fact that two safeties are inactive suggests they have confidence that strong safety Brandon Meriweather will hold up in his first action of the season -- and his first regular-season game since Nov. 18 against Philadelphia. Pugh and Gumbs both play free safety, though they worked with Pugh this summer on playing more in the box.

The fact that Neild again is inactive suggests the Redskins will use a lot of their nickel package again. Neild plays almost exclusively in their base package as Barry Cofield's backup.

The good news for Washington is that Green Bay safety Morgan Burnett is inactive. He's their most experienced safety and his absence last week did not help in the Packers' loss at San Francisco.

Redskins sign place-kicker John Potter

September, 14, 2013
The Washington Redskins signed place-kicker John Potter, though it remains uncertain if he or the injured Kai Forbath will kick in Sunday's game at Green Bay.

Forbath injured his groin this week and his condition worsened Thursday, with coach Mike Shanahan listing him as questionable on Friday's injury report. Forbath made 17-of-18 field goals last season, but missed his only attempt - a 40-yarder -- against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday. He will work out later Saturday night and/or Sunday morning when the Redskins will decide if he'll be able to kick or not.

Potter was with Washington in training camp and showed a strong leg on kickoffs. He also made a 63-yard field goal in one practice, but was inconsistent on his other kicks. It was not a close competition. Potter served as a kickoff specialist for Buffalo for part of last season, with 13 touchbacks on 26 kickoffs. But he has never attempted a field goal. Shanahan said Friday he would not have two kickers active for the game.

The Redskins had yet to announce who they would cut as of early Saturday afternoon.

Kai Forbath questionable for Sunday

September, 13, 2013
ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins placekicker Kai Forbath is questionable for Sunday's game at Green Bay with a groin injury, possibly forcing the Redskins to find a short-term replacement.

Forbath told coach Mike Shanahan on Thursday that his groin was sore. He's been receiving treatment ever since and Shanahan said Forbath told him he "didn't think it was anything but a little more sore today."

Shanahan said Forbath will kick on Saturday to determine whether or not he'll play Sunday. The Redskins will bring in other kickers just in case Forbath is unavailable. Shanahan said one option is John Potter, whom they cut in training camp. Potter has a strong leg on kickoffs -- and even made a 63-yard field goal during camp. But he was inconsistent on other attempts. As of Friday afternoon, his agent said he had not been contacted.

Meanwhile, strong safety Brandon Meriweather is listed as probable after missing Monday night's loss with a groin injury.