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According to Rich Campbell of the Washington Times, Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker will begin training camp on the active/PUP list as he continues to rehab from a tear in his right quadriceps suffered at the beginning of last season.
Carriker was expected to be full go in camp this summer, but a setback suffered somewhere around early January has put the 29-year-old defensive end's future in question, at least for the 2013 season.
“I’m not sure what we want to disclose at this point,” Carriker said. “It was a setback, clearly, and obviously led to another surgery. Obviously it set me back. I wasn’t able to do any of the offseason activities and be on the field. It was just a setback and we’ll leave it at that for right now. Maybe we’ll elaborate at a later date.”
After signing Carriker to a three-year deal in March of 2012, it's tough to think the Redskins would release him.
A serious quadriceps injury, however, is no small deal.
There's no doubting the benefit Carriker brings to the defense when he's healthy. It was just a year ago that he registered one of his best seasons as a pro, posting 5.5 sacks.
But Carriker is owed $4.7 million next season with a $2 million option bonus, and then $4.7 million in 2015 before becoming a free agent in 2016 (via Rotoworld). If the Redskins are that worrisome about Carriker's tendon and his durability moving forward, harsh moves may be a possibility.
Until any sort of desperation sets in, though, don't count Carriker out.
“I feel like I’m just pacing back and forth inside of a cage at the zoo like a caged tiger,” he said. “Just pacing, waiting for that door to open. At some point it’s going to, and I can’t wait to be ready to just pounce out of it and play some football.”