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Adam Carriker To Start Training Camp On PUP List

The defensive end is still struggling to regain a full range of motion in his right knee after tearing the quadriceps tendon in a game against St. Louis last season.

BY ZAC BOYER

Adam Carriker has not yet fully regained the range of motion in his right knee that’s required “to be able to live a normal life,” let alone play football, he said Wednesday night during an appearance on ESPN 980.

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Carriker originally tore the quadriceps tendon during a loss to St. Louis in Week 2 last season, then required a second surgery during the winter after experiencing some type of setback that he and the team have declined to elaborate on.

“Your knee is supposed to bend 130 to 140 degrees,” Carriker explained. “Typically, right now, it doesn’t get there. My strength with the range of motion I have is pretty good. But we’ve got to get more motion out of it just to be able to play football, first of all, and just to be able to live a normal life and do things of that nature.”

The defensive end has been at Redskins Park to rehabilitate the injury, but he did not attend any of the five practices open to reporters over the last month.

He said the plan right now is for him to begin training camp on the physically-unable-to-perform list, but he still is aiming to play in the season opener Sept. 9 against Philadelphia.

“The goal, I think, is to work towards Game 1 and see how that progresses,” Carriker said. “The sooner I can get out there, the better. I don’t know how that’s going to play out, but that is the goal. That’s the goal. You’ve got to see how it plays out.”

Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said Wednesday that Carriker had “a couple surgeries on his leg,” but he’s not worried about Carriker’s eventual return.

“He’s probably one of the hardest-working guys we have on the team, so if you don’t discount anyone, the one you don’t want to say, ‘This guy won’t make it back’ – don’t say that about Adam,” Haslett said. “Adam will try to find a way to get back. When that will be, I don’t know.”

The 6-foot-6, 305-pound Carriker had his best season in 2011, when he had 34 tackles and a career-high 5.5 sacks for the Redskins. That led to the team re-signing him to a four-year, $20 million contract the following March, but when the team found itself in a salary cap crunch this offseason, it restructured the terms of the remaining three years.

Between Carriker’s uncertainty and a season-ending injury to Doug Worthington, who tore his biceps tendon in practice on Tuesday, the Redskins are slightly thinner on the defensive line. Chris Baker, the backup nose tackle last season, saw time at defensive end in practice on Wednesday, and Phillip Merling and Dominique Hamilton, both on futures contracts, have a greater shot of making the rotation behind Stephen Bowen, Jarvis Jenkins and Kedric Golston.

“One positive is the D-line, of any position we have, of any D-line in the league – I’ve not gone through every roster to compare, but just eyeballing it, I think we have the deepest D-line as anybody in the league, so that is one positive for us,” Carriker said.

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