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"

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.”