One player isn’t the answer to the Redskins pass defense woes. But the Redskins wouldn’t mind getting another player back who might help. Safety Brandon Meriweather said Wednesday that his left knee is a “lot better” than it was when he tried to return vs. Tampa Bay in Week 4.

However, he also said: “Am I ready to play? I don’t know yet.”

Meriweather said he’ll practice Wednesday, just as he did a week ago. But he then sat out the next two practices with soreness in his knee. He first hurt the knee the week of the season opener in practice, then re-injured it in a pre-game collision before the Tampa Bay game. He has yet to play this season.

He said sitting out two practices last week was precautionary. He did call last week a “great one” and it helped him get back into the flow of the season.

“I don’t want to re-injure something,” Meriweather said. “We have a long season ahead of us. We’re trying to make sure when I come back it’s not just for one game it’s for the rest of the season.”

Meriweather said one consideration is giving him another week’s rest and, coupled with next week’s bye, he’ll be in better shape for the final seven games. On the flipside, if he’s healthy and ready Meriweather wants to be on the field.

“I love football, whether we were the No. 1 defense or the 32nd defense I’m gonna still feel like I need to find a way to get back out there,” Meriweather said. “It’s not the fact we’re struggling against the pass I want to get out there with the guys I went through camp with, the guys who I look at in the face every day knowing I can’t help.”