Although Ryan Kerrigan was listed as ‘limited’ in practice on Wednesday and Thursday as he recovers from a hand injury, it sure sounds as though the Redskins expect the outside linebacker to suit up Sunday.
Or at least Joe Barry is expecting him to.
“Anytime a player has anything that is kind of cumbersome on him, they have to kind of feel their way through it initially,” Barry said. “My biggest fear right now, when they said the extent of the injury but, ‘Yes he’s going to play,' I thought he was going to have one of those huge clubs where his hand was going to be completely encompassed. That’s not the case. He has his fingers. He has his thumb.”
Kerrigan, who is tied for the team lead in sacks with 3.5, suffered a broken bone in his right hand against the Buccaneers on Oct. 25th and had surgery the following day.
“He’s going to going to kind of feel his way through it,” Barry said. “He did a little work on Monday when we came back [from the bye week]. He did a little work yesterday. He did more today. We’ll cut him loose tomorrow. And, you guys all know Ryan Kerrigan, he’s going to go like a madman.”
“But,” Barry added. “It’s going to be something that he’s going to deal with. Anytime you play with a cast, it’s an issue.”
Even if Kerrigan gets through Friday’s practice unscathed, though, it’s possible he’ll be listed on the NFL's injury report as 'questionable' to face Tom Brady and the Patriots. Which means his status won’t be official until 90-minutes prior to kickoff.
Barry said the ultimate decision will be left completely up to Kerrigan and the team’s training staff.
“I’ll never get involved with injuries,” Barry said. “If Ryan is up and running, we’re going to coach the crap out of him and he’ going to play his heart out.”