One day after Jarvis Jenkins was lost for the season with a torn ACL, the Washington Redskins got some good injury news with the return of Adam Carriker.
The defensive end had been sidelined for the past two games with what the team called blisters on his feet.
The Redskins plan to play Carriker in the preseason finale against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in hopes of getting him ready for the regular season.
As for the aforementioned Jenkins, head coach Mike Shanahan acknowledged losing the rookie to a torn ACL was a huge blow to the team.
“It always hurts to lose a potential great player like that,” said Shanahan. “Things like that happen in the NFL and guys get an opportunity to replace. It’s always hard to replace one of those big guys because it’s hard to find them on the street.”
While the Redskins may seek out a free agent defensive end, Doug Worthington is the next man up on the team’s depth chart and should get an opportunity to prove himself this week behind the returning Carriker.
“It’s huge,” Worthington said of the opportunity. “I think I had a pretty good camp and I think I was in the thick of things. When (Jenkins) got hurt, it’s unfortunate, but it just opened doors for a lot of guys.”
The Ohio State product feels he is getting better at rushing the passer and is a natural defender against the run.