LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The Washington Redskins have not ruled out Adam Carriker playing this season despite the 29-year-old having undergone a third surgical procedure to repair a long-injured right knee last week, according to a person familiar with the situation.
As teammates reported to training camp last Thursday, the left defensive end was being operated on inside of a Washington hospital.
Doctors have said they are encouraged by the surgery and Carriker’s outlook for recovery.
The former first-round draft pick has been sidelined since last September when he tore a quadriceps tendon playing against his former team the St. Louis Rams.
Mike Shanahan stated last week Carriker’s recovery was expected to last between four to five months. However, the head coach also conceded there was a chance the defensive end could return sooner.
Carriker’s absence is particularly painful for the Redskins given the recent four-game suspension of Jarvis Jenkins for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.
Jenkins has accepted responsibility for the suspension, but maintains he was “shocked and confused” by the test results. The third-year player says the positive test is likely the a result of one of the over the counter supplements he was taking.
Veteran Kedric Golston is expected to start at left defensive end until Jenkins is eligible to return in Week 5. Chris Baker is expected to spell Golston while also seeing time as a backup nose tackle.
The team officially placed Carriker on the physically unable to perform list on Thursday.