Carriker missed nearly the entire 2012 season after tearing the quadriceps tendon in his right knee during a Week 2 home game against the St. Louis Rams. After a setback forced a second surgery during rehab, this would make it the third attempt to repair the injury.
The defensive lineman already opened up training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, and there’s currently no timetable for his return. He’ll open the season on the reserve/PUP list, which guarantees that he’ll miss the first six games of the season. How much he misses after the first six games is unknown at this juncture.
Jarvis Jenkins and Stephen Bowen will start at the defensive end positions to open up the regular season. It has yet to be seen what sort of role Carriker will play if and when he returns to the field. Washington can only hope that this is not a lingering or career-ending injury.