Redskins DE Adam Carriker to miss 4-5 months following 3rd knee surgery
The Redskins placed Carriker on the active physically unable to perform list Thursday, he opening day of training camp, after he underwent a third surgery to repair his torn right quadriceps tendon. Carriker is expected to sit out another four-to-five months while recovering from knee surgery.
Carriker had hoped to return to action this season, but a second surgery earlier this year delayed his expected return to training camp, and his return was further setback following a third surgery this offseason.
“He had the couple surgeries. I’m not exactly sure what happened,” said Shanahan regarding Carriker’s complications with knee injury, “but any time you do have a surgery – and you take a look at the progression of the knee and the quad, it just was not producing to where he could get the movement in his legs that would give him a chance to play.”
“He could work with the weights, but he just couldn’t get the circulation, couldn’t get the movement, and that’s basically why he’s had three surgeries,” Shanahan added. “Hopefully this surgery will give him the ability to have that type of movement that he needs as a defensive lineman to get in that stance and have that explosion.”
Given Carriker’s recent series of injury setbacks, a return according to that schedule might not be such a big deal as compared to the concerns that his career could be in jeaopardy. However, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan hasn’t completely ruled out a return by Carriker some time this season.
“You know, there’s always a chance for it to happen before. I just don’t know,” Shanahan said. “But according to the doctors, the surgery was something that he needed. It went as well as they possibly could have hoped for. That’s always a good sign.”