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Adam Carriker: ‘It’s Been A Brutal Year’

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 26, 2013 – 2:15 pm

(AP Image)

(AP Image)

On Thursday, the Washington Redskins will travel approximately 925 miles south to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the final preseason game. Normally, the starters only play a handful of snaps at most during the last preseason game before turning over the reins to roster hopefuls eager to make one last pitch at why they are deserving of a spot on the final 53-man roster.

One position that may not get the most recognition right off the bat but should is defensive end. While its unclear if head coach Mike Shanahan will play Jarvis Jenkins, Thursday marks the last time he’ll suit up in game day attire until Week 6’s Sunday Night Football game against the Dallas Cowboys, as he’ll be serving a four-game suspension (this year’s  Bye Week is Week 5) over the first month of the season.

In a world with no problems, veteran Adam Carriker would be the next man up. Unfortunately, Carriker is on the preseason PUP list and his return date from a nagging knee injury is murky. On Monday, though, the six-year veteran spoke to ESPN 980 about his recovery and determination to rejoin his team’s on the quest for Lombardi’s Trophy.

“It has been a brutal year to be honest,” Carriker told Chris Russell and John Keim about the last 11 months.  “For me it’s easy to stay motivated. There’s been a lot of emotions. I’m not going to lie there have been times I’ve cried like a little girl and there’s been times where I took a Louisville Slugger to a few things, but that’s part of what drives me. Knowing I’ve had three knee surgeries [and] knowing that’s not an easy thing.”

Using every body part is necessary to succeed in football, but for someone like Carrkier whose goal is to overpower his opponent, it all starts with a strong lower body. In order to get back on the field and regain his bullish ways, he needs his knee to be fully healed.

“A normal knee goes to 130, 140 degrees and the minimum range I need to play, from what I have been told by the doctors, is 120,” Carriker said. “The most I had gotten was 100 maybe 105 from time to time and I got to 120 [recently]. I haven’t gotten to 130, but what I have gotten is I get to 120 quicker now.”

Even though his passion in professional wrestling is well known, he’s the only NFL player to host a wrestling-centric radio show, he said that the one thing that drives him more than anything is what he’s been doing since he was a little boy—buckling up the chinstrap on his helmet and hitting somebody.

“I thrive and I enjoy doing things that other people think are hard or a little difficult or a little over the top and that’s something that I look forward to coming back and proving that I was able to overcome it and it could not stop me.”

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