Safety hopes to make debut vs. the Eagles

Redskins strong safety Brandon Meriweather remains optimistic he will play vs. the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Meriweather has yet to play this season because of a knee injury that he suffered before the season opener and reinjured while warming up before the Sept. 30 game at Tampa Bay.

Meriweather practiced Monday.

"I'm feeling good about [playing] right now," he said. "We've still got a whole week ahead of us, but after working out [Monday] I felt good."

Meriweather, a two-time Pro Bowl selection on his third team in two seasons, said it has been difficult sitting on the sidelines.

"I just want to have fun," he said. "We want to look like we're having fun. Once we get to having fun, all aspects of the game will go up. ... The way I approach the game and play the game brings a little more excitement."

Brown back on field
Right tackle Jammal Brown practiced for the first time this season, but it could take another two weeks to determine whether he's ready to play.

Brown spent the first nine games on the physically unable to perform list. The Redskins now have two weeks to determine whether they will activate him, place him on injured reserve or release him.

"I'd be happy to [play] this week, but it's not realistic," Brown said. "We have to do it the right way. I ain't trying to go through this again. I want to be healthy. The Redskins are trying to be cautious. I hope they don't [get] too cautious. The season's ending; I'm trying to get out there."

Brown underwent surgery Aug.?23 to repair ligament damage in his hip. In 2009 he needed surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip.

"I feel a lot looser. I can bend a lot more," he said. "I'm eager to see after a week or so how it feels, but I feel good. It was a great day for me."

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said, "He's not in football shape, but he's been working out hard. It looks like his flexibility is much improved. He looks like he's pain-free. Hopefully in the next couple weeks he'll be ready to go."