Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan is glad that the Redskins are on a bye this week after having surgery to repair a broken hand he suffered in the against the Buccaneers last Sunday.
The week off may permit him to get by without being out of the lineup. Their next game is November 8 at New England.
“I'm hoping to play, not miss any game time,” he said. “We'll see how things progress next week and throughout this week. It would be a stretch this Sunday if we had a game to try to play in that game but fortunately we're on the bye so hopefully I won't miss any time.”
Kerrigan was injured on a fairly routine running play in the first quarter. “I came around the corner and tried to swipe at the ball, fell, and I think I rolled on it strangely,” he said.
He didn’t leave the game right away. “I knew something wasn't right but it didn't hurt too bad at the time,” he said. But after a few plays he knew it was a problem and went to have it looked at and X-rays revealed the broken third metacarpal bone.
It was a trip to the surgeon on Monday, where they inserted some screws to repair the break.
“Not feeling too bad,” said Kerrigan less than 24 hours after the procedure. “It was a real easy process, went in, got the hand taken care of, went back home. Pretty much a normal Monday after that.”
This will not the first time Kerrigan has played with some sort of cast on his hand.
“In college I broke two bones in my left hand and missed like a day or two of practice and then I was back out there playing,” he said.
Kerrigan will head back to the doctor after the bye.
“I'm going to see the surgeon again next week and we'll see how things are,” he said. “Hopefully I can have a better understanding [of a timetable for his return] at that time . . . I think that for the most part it will be getting the strength back and getting confident in being violent with the hand.”