Despite status change, Carriker a 'long shot' in '13

Despite status change, Carriker a 'long shot' in '13
November 20, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Shanahan: chance Carriker returns, "Believe in miracles"

Washington Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker (94) pressures New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) during the second half at FedEX Field.

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Although Adam Carriker can begin practicing with the Redskins, he wasn’t on the field for Wednesday’s session and Coach Mike Shanahan still considers the defensive end a “long shot” to play this season. 

“Carriker, kind of like what I told you before, even though he’s on the 21-day list, it’s a very long shot he would be up,” Shanahan said. “He’s doing rehab. He’s lifting weights, working extremely hard. But it would be a minor miracle if he came back this year.”

Carriker has been sidelined since Week 2 of last season and has undergone three surgeries on the quadriceps tendon in his right leg.

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On Tuesday, the NFL’s transaction report listed Carriker as returned to practice. It’s a procedural move that opens a three-week window during in the Redskins must decide whether to activate the 29-year-old or place him on injured reserve.

“Either way, he’s going to be IR’d if we don’t activate him in 21 days,” Shanahan said. "I said there’s still a chance—there’s a long shot, so that’s why we [cleared him to practice]. I do believe in miracles, by the way.”