Ryan Kerrigan believes knee scope might be a positive thing
On the surface, the arthroscopic left knee surgery that Washington Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan underwent this offseason does not seem like a positive thing. However, Kerrigan believes that this procedure carries a very positive spin. After several grueling seasons at the NFL level, Kerrigan admits that his body may have needed some time to recover.
“I honestly have come to realize this might be a blessing in disguise," Kerrigan said on ESPN 980. “Your body does need a little bit of a break from time to time. I mean, surgery’s never a great thing, but it might be somewhat of a blessing in disguise right here.”
Most professional weight trainers will admit that the body sometimes needs a rest for its muscles to fully recover and avoid reaching a plateau. Kerrigan sees his time away from the weight room as a major opportunity for him to achieve this goal.
“This has given me a couple weeks off of not working out,” Kerrigan told Washington's Carol Maloney. “And as much as I don’t like that — because I’m a gym rat, I’m a guy who likes to lift, likes to run — it might be beneficial for me in the long run. Because I am a guy that doesn’t take a whole lot of time off when the season’s done, and doesn’t take a whole lot of time off in the spring. So this has kind of forced me to take some time off, and it might be a good thing for me.”
Kerrigan is coming off of arguably his best NFL season. He was named Pro Football Focus' 85th-best player overall in 2014 due to his consistency as a pass rusher. Only two edge defenders in the NFL finished with more total quarterback pressures--sacks, hits and hurries combined.
(h/t Washington Post)
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