ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — It’s never easy for a football player to be on the sideline (see: Griffin III, Robert).
It’s especially tough when the player, who is used to being in the starting lineup, has been sidelined for nearly a year following an injury and series of setbacks.
Indeed, life has not been easy for Washington Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker as of late. But now light may finally be at the end of the tunnel on the former first-round pick’s long road to recovery.
Following a third surgery on his injured right leg at the onset of training camp, Carriker has been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform List to start the season. He will be eligible to return between weeks 6 and 14 according to newly established rules in the collective bargaining agreement.
Given that window, Carriker is looking forward to contributing this season and remains adamant it will happen.
If it does, the Nebraska product expects the Redskins will be in the thick of a playoff hunt with a deep postseason run to follow.
“We expect to be better,” Carriker said when asked for his season prediction on his radio show “4th & Pain.”
“Our defense is going to be solid and stout. I come back at some point — and it will happen — I’m going to make us even better,” he added. “We’re going to be a top 10, a top five defense and a team that makes a Super Bowl run.”
In a recent poll conducted online by 106.7 The Fan, 32 percent of listeners believe the Redskins will win 9 or 10 games this season. 23 percent say the RGIII-led team will win as many as 12 games.
But before any playoff run, the Redskins have to open the season Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.