The Washington Redskins lost Brandon Meriweather and Aldrick Robinson to injury before they ever took the field against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their Week 4 matchup—a frustrating development in what has already been an injury-ravage season.
Brandon Meriweather and Alrick Robinson were both ruled inactive after their involvement in a pregame collision (video seen here), and both players will be sorely missed by the 'Skins.
Robinson had been an important member of the Redskins passing attack so far this season—catching seven passes for 104 yards and a touchdown to date. Given the limited availability of Garcon already, Robinson's absence could be costly.
Meriweather, meanwhile, was listed as probable and attempting to make his regular-season debut this week after missing the first three games with a knee injury.
The Redskins have been one of the worst teams in the NFL at stopping opponents' passing games (29th in the league), and though Meriweather has never been known as a dominant safety, the veteran's continued absence won't help an already ailing secondary.
Robinson and Meriweather are far from the only key Redskins to get snake bitten by injury in 2012, and the fans must be wondering by now if this team has somehow been cursed from the outset.
Adam Carriker and Brian Orakpo—two key members of the team's vaunted front seven—were lost for the season just a few quarters into the season. Trent Williams was active against the Bucs, but he's dealing with a sore knee after suffering a bone bruise last week.
The Redskins can't afford to lose any more players, but the season is still young.
If any more of their key players are struck down, Robert Griffin III's rookie campaign could be doomed to failure. Winning with a rookie quarterback is hard enough under the best of circumstances, but it's darn near impossible when the roster keeps getting ravaged.
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