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Adam Carriker: Redskins Have Not Ruled Me Out

The defensive end, speaking on his radio show, said nobody from the team has mentioned shutting him down for the season after he again had surgery on his quadriceps tendon.


RICHMOND – Adam Carriker said that while his recovery from surgery on his right quadriceps tendon will take between four and five months, he’s hoping that he’ll be able to return sooner.


Carriker, on his “4th & Pain” radio show, said in a segment recorded Monday that the Redskins have not told him they’ve ruled him out for this season.

“Nothing has been said to me,” the defensive end said. “I’m gonna be back at some point this year. I have little to no doubt in my mind. I don’t know exactly when that’s going to be. It’s gonna depend on how the rehab process goes.”

Carriker underwent a third surgery on the tendon last Thursday, the same day the Redskins opened training camp. He originally tore the tendon in a game last September at St. Louis, then had a second surgery on the tendon at some point during the winter.

“After the first one, I tore the quad tendon, so I wasn’t walking,” Carriker said. “I was on crutches for quite some time. The second time, it took me a little bit longer before I could walk, and then this time, I was walking pretty much the next day. They told me to be on crutches and be careful, so I did, but it was just precautionary.”

Carriker has been placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list at the start of training camp, and it’s likely he’ll stay on it when the regular season begins Sept. 9. Players who begin the regular season on the PUP list must remain on it until all Week 6 games have been played, and, starting this season, they can remain on the PUP list until all Week 11 games are over.

Then, with a 21-day window allowed for players to return to practice, it remains possible Carriker could return for the Redskins’ Week 15 game at Atlanta on Dec. 15. That would be roughly four and a half months after Carriker’s surgery.

“The way it started out, I feel good, and it’s going good so far,” Carriker said. “I’ve got a long road ahead of me, obviously, but at no point have I been ruled out yet.”