Most football players never publicly admit that returning from an injury limits their play. The rehab requires such a commitment, both physically and mentally, that top athletes have to believe healthy is healthy.
Ryan Kerrigan fits that mold. Last year, the Redskins linebacker had offseason knee surgery and then suffered a broken hand during the season. Despite the setbacks, Kerrigan started all 16 games for Washington. More impressively, he still logged 9.5 sacks and 33 tackles. In 2014, however, Kerrigan recorded 13.5 sacks and 51 tackles.
A year remved from the tough 2015 offseason, Kerrigan opened up a little bit about what last season was like.
"Last year, coming off an injury is a funny thing," he said Tuesday. "While I was technically healthy, you’re not as strong."
Kerrigan explained that some of his muscles atrophied after the surgery, and regaining that strength takes time. Going through that last year, and a healthy offseason this summer, leaves the veteran excited for this fall.
"I'm really excited about this season having not had any offseason surgeries," he said. "I'm hoping for bigger and better things."
With the loss of Junior Galette, better things from Kerrigan could be a big help for the Redskins. Washington's defense should be improved with the addition of cornerback Josh Norman, but much will be needed from Kerrigan and second-year man Preston Smith. If Kerrigan can get his sack total up, say to 12 or more, that would offset some of the set back from Galette's injury.
What do you think - can Kerrigan get to 10 sacks? 12 sacks? More? Let us know in the comments.
Summer weather in the Mid-Atlantic is unforgiving.
It's not just the heat.
It's the humidity.
The unrelenting and suffocating humidity.
But oppressive summer weather be damned when Redskins training camp rolls through Richmond, Va. for another offseason.
On Thursday, legions of Redskins fans lined up outside the Bon Secours training center in ungodly humidity hours before team walkthrough begins.
At 9:00 a.m ET it was nearly 85 degrees. If Wednesday was any indication, the temperature is only going to go up.
We've arrived. It's hot. pic.twitter.com/E217D6zLGp— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayCSN) July 27, 2016
One fan had the bright idea to bring a water fan to help keep him cool. That being said, he will be regretting the spandex jumpsuit before he even gets inside the training camp grounds.
But there is one thing that will quench the most insatiable of late July thirsts:
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RICHMOND—The Redskins do not have to pay Junior Galette this season after placing the outside linebacker on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list.
The NFI list is not the same as the injured reserve list. Players on that list sustained injuries while either playing in games or while practicing or working out at the team facility.
A player on injured reserve has to get paid per the CBA. He either gets his full salary or, if he signed a contract permitting it, a partial salary.
NFI pertains to injuries suffered while participating in anything else. A player could be on NFI after getting injured in a car accident or while playing basketball. Or, as was the case with Galette, working out on his own preparing for the season. Players injured under such circumstances do not have to be paid.
This can create a sticky situation.
In a circumstance where a player gets injured doing something dumb, like getting in a car wreck while speeding, you wouldn’t create any waves in the locker room by declining to pay that player. But the team encourages players to stay in shape during the break in between minicamp and training camp. If a team declines to pay a player injured while working out on his own, as Galette was, other players could get upset and concerned that the same thing could happen to them some day.
Galette’s one-year contract calls for him to get a $1 million salary in 2016.
There also were incentives that he will not earn. The Redskins could elect to pay him the entire $1 million this year, half of it, or any portion of it they might decide to pay him. We will find out a lot about how much the Redskins want to give Galette, out with an Achilles injury for the second straight season, another shot in 2017 by how they decide to proceed.
If they want to give him another shot they will pay him most or all of the $1 million.
If they are inclined to let him walk his salary could be on the lower end.
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