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Thursday, July 17, 2014

NFL Injury Update: Adam Carriker is ready to play

By on 7/17/2014 11:00:00 AM

The 2014 NFL season is right around the corner and teams will begin to open up their mandatory training camps as early as this weekend. Defensive end Adam Carriker has been a free agent since March of this year and is now showing the world he is ready to play, according to a report from Pro Football Talk.  Carriker has not played in an NFL game since September 16th of the 2012 NFL season due to multiple injuries.

Carriker signed a four-year, $20 million deal in 2012 with the Washington Redskins but a serious quadriceps injury led to three surgeries and the ability for him to play only two games in the past two years. 

Keith Allison via Wikimedia Commons
The 30-year-old defensive end out of the University of Nebraska posted a video of himself lifting weights on Instagram and Twitter:
Carriker wrote that he was lifting pretty heavy on the video from Instagram:
Each week a fan will ask how my leg is doing and when I'll be back on the football field. My answer has simply been that I'm focused and working hard. Yesterday, I did the hex bar dead lift for 2 reps at 505lbs. #LargestArmsOnTheDLine is not just strong...he is healthy
Entering what hopefully will be his seventh year in the league, Carriker has played in 65 games out of a possible 112. Carriker was a first round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams where he stayed until 2009.  He missed the entire 2009 NFL season with the Rams due to a shoulder injury, and moved on to the Redskins in 2010.

Carriker played in Washington for two full seasons until he suffered the injury to his quadriceps.  He has posted 125 combined tackles, three fumble recoveries and nine sacks in his six years as an NFL player. 

Judging the pictures and videos on Intstagram and Twitter, Carriker indeed looks healthy and strong.  He didn't say if he was in touch with any teams, nor did he say that he was still in talks with the Redskins. Watching Carriker lift undoubtedly shows improved strength, but to be a solid defensive end in the NFL he will have to show more. 

The position requires explosive cuts and quick movements, and after three surgeries on his quadriceps, Carriker will need to be fully cleared by a teams medical staff and sprinting up and down the field within a month.  In such a small time frame to work with, Carriker seems to be reaching out to ensure that the NFL doesn't forget that he is still training and working out.  If any of the 32 teams need a defensive end and want to take a gamble, at least they know exactly where to find him.

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