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Brandon Meriweather and Erik Pears ruled out

Former New England Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather has been ruled out for the Washington Redskins in their upcoming game against the Carolina Panthers. He hasn’t played for them all year, and it confirms that the Panthers will be facing former late-round pick (he panned out for them before leaving) Jordan Pugh at safety.

As we all remember, Meriweather was a terrible safety in coverage and only brought hard-hitting to the table. If you think the Patriots secondary is bad, then wait till you see the guys the Washington Redskins have to trot out every week. Madieu Williams is hardly the ideal coverage free safety, and strong safety Reed Doughty is their best option at the back end. He’s great in run defense, but he’s also an easy player to beat in coverage.

Those who own Steve Smith in fantasy leagues are salivating at this matchup, as the star Panthers receiver went off- and just missed a few catches that could have made his game historically good- against solid Chicago Bears CB Tim Jennings.

Meanwhile, the New England Patriots Week 10 opponents- the Buffalo Bills- will be without right tackle Erik Pears tomorrow when they take on the tough Houston Texans. Cordy Glenn is expected to play, but the right side of the line will surely suffer.

Pears was downgraded to “out” with a hip injury, which means that “swing tackle” Chris Hairston will have to start on the right side for the Bills. This is a matchup the Texans will certainly take advantage of, and it could be a long day for Ryan Fitzpatrick as he steps back behind a banged up line. And we all know how Fitzpatrick plays when under pressure.

I think Pears will be healthy in Week 10, and Glenn will most likely be ready for the second meeting between the two AFC East rivals this season.

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