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Brandon Meriweather to IR; Jason Hatcher out

Brandon Meriweather's season is over -- and now you have to wonder about his Redskins career as well. The Redskins placed Meriweather on injured reserve because of a sprained toe, ending his season with two games remaining.

Meriweather has missed the last two games because of the injury. He tried to practice Wednesday, but was clearly not right and struggled to plant and turn. He did not practice Thursday. The injury is a difficult one for any player, but especially one that has to push off and change directions like a defensive back. Or even just to plant and drive to the ball.

Phillip Thomas will continue to start in Meriweather's place. Meriweather signed a one-year deal to return to Washington last offseason. While he has always made it known that he likes playing here, the question will be what do the Redskins want. It could depend on whether they make any changes defensively. Improving the secondary should be a priority this offseason.

Meriweather has missed a combined nine games the past two seasons, a combination of injuries and suspensions for illegal hits. He was suspended for the first two games this season after an illegal hit in the preseason.

The Redskins promoted linebacker Steve Beauharnais off the practice squad to take his place.

Meanwhile, defensive end Jason Hatcher (knee) and linebacker Gabe Miller (ankle) both were ruled out for Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Linebacker Keenan Robinson (knee) is doubtfutl while left tackle Trent Williams (shoulder) is questionable. Will Compton would take over for Robinson, who has missed the past two games.