Carriker determined to come back

Carriker determined to come back
September 5, 2013, 12:30 pm
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Adam Carriker says his surgically repaired right quadriceps tendon is responding well in rehab, but the Redskins’ defensive end says he doesn’t know when he’ll be cleared to return.

To him, though, it’s not a question of ‘if’ but rather a question of ‘when.'

“In my mind, I have no doubt,” said Carriker, who currently is on the reserve/PUP list. That means he can’t return before Week 7. 

To date, Carriker has had three surgeries on the tendon he shredded in the second game last season. He says he’s been rehabbing 7-8 hours a day, including a trip to an independent rehab facility, in attempt to get back on the field.

“I feel like it’s progressing well. I’ve been running on the underwater treadmill we’ve got here for about the past two weeks,” he said. “I started with the water [at chest level] and we’ve been gradually taking it lower, so that means I’m using more of my body weight.”

Carriker also said it’s been tough to remain patient, particularly after the setback that necessitated the second surgery earlier this year. The 29-year-old also accepted a pay cut during the offseason and this week had his contract restructured.

“There have been times when I cried like a little girl and there have been times when I’ve taken my Louisville Slugger and we’ve had to replace a few items in my house,” he said. “You grind through the tough days and on day like today, where I feel really good, you just ride that and keep going with it.

Carriker said some people, including family members, have suggested that he retire. But the sixth-year pro insists that he’s not having any of it.

“They don’t realize and understand that this is all I’ve known, all I’ve ever done,” he said. “Three surgeries …when I come back, how awesome would that be? That’s what drives me.”