Sunday could end up being a historic day for Ryan Kerrigan and the Washington Redskins, but for an unfortunate reason.
Earlier this week, the team’s dynamic edge rusher was held out of practice while in the concussion protocol, and if he were to miss Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, it will end his streak of 139 consecutive starts. That’s every game of his career, which started in Washington back when he was drafted in 2011.
In that time, Kerrigan has amassed 89 sacks, 319 solo tackles, and 26 forced fumbles, making him one of the most underrated pass-rushers in the league.
“The nature of what he does every day as a professional athlete, he is the prototype model of what a Redskin is all about,” Redskins coach Bill Callahan said, via NBC Sports Washington. “I’ve never seen a pro that takes care of himself the way he does. Diligent in terms of how he prepares, takes care of his body and trains. I mean he is relentless in his training, his regiment, and his preparation. I’ve got the utmost respect for everything that Ryan does for us as a Redskin.”
It would be a big loss to see Kerrigan miss Sunday’s game, not only because of the hole it would leave on the field, but because it marks the end of an impressive streak that is rarely seen in today’s day and age. Here’s to hoping that Kerrigan progresses through the protocol, and he is good to go on Sunday.