Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 7/29/13
Three surgeries in less than 11 months. This has been the reality for Washington Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker.  According to Coach Mike Shanahan, a four to five month rehab period is the next step for Carriker in his quest to once again play for the Washington Redskins.  He has not played since tearing a ligament in his right quadricep during Week 2 of last season against his former team, Adam Carriker tackles the Colts Donal Brown for a loss (phot credit Redskins.com) St. Louis. Carriker, who is most likely done for the season, is determined to return to the field as soon as possible. Coach Shanahan did not rule out a possible comeback but said it was very unlikely. Everyone in Redskins Nation are (and should be) discouraged by this injury as Carriker is a blue collar kind of player.  He is one who shows up everyday and works his tail off every day. The 6’6″ 300 lb end recorded 5.5 sacks for the Skins in the 2011 season. The Redskins now scramble to find a replacement for Carriker, as their plan B Jarvis Jenkins has been suspended for the first 4 games of the season for taking a banned substance. The suspension came as a “shock” to Jenkins who is adamant that he unknowingly ingested the substance which was included in a suppliment he was taking at the time of the test. Jenkins did well in relief of Carriker last year with 25 combined tackles in 14 starts. Now it is up to eight year vet Kedric Golston and possibly rookie  Dominique Hamilton (if he makes the team) to fill the void. Luckily, in the Redskins 3-4, the linebackers are the play-makers, and the ends are usually used to distract the offensive line. This combined, with the fact that the nose tackle is the most important defensive lineman in the scheme, limits the damage done by the injury. While the loss of Carriker and Jenkins, the pressure now falls on a talented veteran linebacking core, namely Ryan Kerrigan and the captain, 38 year old London Fletcher to support the depleted left side of the defensive line. Carriker will be missed dearly, but the Redskins are lucky that the injury happened when it did. The timing gives them plenty of opportunities to fill the hole and allow the replacements to get plenty of reps. That being said, it’s never easy losing a leader like Carriker.
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