by Chuck Carroll

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Washington Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker is recovering after undergoing a successful third procedure to repair a long-injured right knee.

Carriker is upbeat and optimistic about returning to the team after he missed 14 games last season with a torn quadriceps tendon.

Doctors are also encouraged by the surgery and the outlook for his recovery.

An exact timetable for Carriker’s return is unclear, but head coach Mike Shanahan estimates a four to five month recovery period.

Shanahan also says there is a chance the former first round draft pick may be able to return ahead of schedule.

Carriker will enter into an aggressive rehabilitation schedule next week that includes two daily sessions with trainers as well as independent work in the evening. The Nebraska product says the regimen will take roughly 10 hours each day.

The team officially placed Carriker on the physically unable to perform list on Thursday.


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