Ten Questions: Adam Carriker
Whether or not Adam Carriker will be ready for the start of the season Sept. 9 is the No. 5 question in our countdown to the start of training camp.
BY ZAC BOYER
With the Redskins set to begin training camp on July 25, we’ll count down the top 10 questions the team faces heading into the season. Today:
5. What’s the status of Adam Carriker?
If it weren’t for Robert Griffin III’s well-publicized return from surgery on his right knee, Adam Carriker’s torn right quadriceps tendon would be the biggest injury the Redskins have faced this offseason. Very little has been made public about Carriker’s status, either through the team, Mike Shanahan or Carriker himself, aside from Carriker’s confirmation last month that he’ll start training camp on the physically-unable-to-perform list.
But first, let’s go back to the injury itself, which Carriker sustained in the first quarter of a Week 2 loss at St. Louis in September. The defensive end was placed on injured reserve, ending his season, and was projected to need roughly four to six months to recover from surgery. During the winter, though, Carriker sustained an undisclosed setback, and as of mid-June, he had not yet fully regained the proper range of motion in the right knee.
Carriker’s loss heavily affected the Redskins in both phases of the game. The defensive end is strong enough to set the edge against running plays, and the 5.5 sacks he tallied in 2011 demonstrated his effectiveness as a pass rusher. Jarvis Jenkins stepped in for Carriker as the starter, but Jenkins was essentially a rookie after losing his first year to a torn right ACL and he needed time to get comfortable to playing at the professional level. He was sufficient against the run, but he was basically a non-factor in the passing game until late in the regular season.
While Carriker is aiming to be ready for the opener against Philadelphia on Sept. 9, it’s unknown at this point whether it’s a realistic goal. By then, the defensive end will have missed nearly an entire year because of the injury. It’s remains possible, though, that Carriker will stay on the PUP list past the preseason, leaving him ineligible to play until midseason.
The Redskins can get by without Carriker on the field, especially if Jenkins continues to improve against the passing game. But if healthy, he sure would help.