First round pick Kerrigan suffers knee injury, no timetable for return

After a couple of days filled with the excitement of the return of football, coupled with the megalomania of new free agent additions by the Redskins, fans of the team were quickly bit by an all-too-familiar law of nature: what goes up must surely go down.

During the team’s first practice today, Linebacker and prized first round pick Ryan Kerrigan suffered a knee injury, and limped off the field in visible pain after practice was over.

The injury forced Kerrigan to miss the afternoon walk-through, leading many to believe that the injury could have been serious. However, head coach Mike Shanahan indicated in his evening press conference today that Kerrigan suffered a hyper-extended knee, and that MRI results were negative for any tears or damage.

Shanahan did not provide a timetable for Kerrigan’s return. Still, this is a really unfortunate set of circumstances for both Kerrigan, as well as the defense as a whole. Kerrigan did not have the benefit of getting any reps with the first team defense (or any level of defense), since there were no mini-camps or Organized Team Activities (OTA’s) due to the lockout. He’s already switching from his college position of defensive end to outside linebacker in the Redskins 3-4 defense, the latter of which includes a whole new set of responsibilities that Kerrigan must acclimate himself to.

By missing reps in practice and even the walk-through’s, it stunts Kerrigan’s learning curve without question.


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