Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan fractured his right hand Sunday during the Redskins' come-from-behind victory over the Buccaneers.
The Bye Week couldn't have come at a better time for Washington Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan.
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Kerrigan, who fractured a bone in his right hand Sunday during the first quarter of the Redskins' eventual comeback victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, underwent successful surgery on Monday so he can return as soon as possible — perhaps even as early as the team's Nov. 8 matchup against the undefeated Patriots in New England.
"Gotta 'hand' it to Dr. Lovallo for the job well done today," Kerrigan posted from his Instagram account. "Looking forward to being back on the field soon! #HTTR"
Kerrigan said he suffered the injury in the first quarter when he "reached out to try to tackle" Buccaneers rookie quarterback James Winston.
"Fell on the ground and kind of rolled on it funny," said Kerrigan, who was taken to the locker room and did not return to the game.
After undergoing the surgical procedure on Monday, one thing's for sure: the fifth-year Purdue product certainly knows how to play through hand injuries.
He played through a painful "little chip" in his right hand throughout much of last season, a year in which he would record a career-best 13.5 sacks. He also broke his left hand during his freshman season with the Boilermakers, an injury that didn't require surgery, but one that he was able to play through.
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said Kerrigan, who is tied with Chris Baker for the team lead in sacks with 3.5 this season, saw a hand specialist today to determine the best course of action. The linebacker is yet to miss a game in four-plus seasons in Washington.
The best-case scenario is that he could return as soon as the Patriots game, though he would likely be required to play with a large club-like cast on his right hand.
Kerrigan said the intense pain from the broken bone in his hand was offset on Sunday from the Redskins' historic come-from-behind victory.
Down 24-0 in the second quarter, Washington (3-4) clawed all the way back with 21 unanswered points in the second and third quarters. The fourth quarter featured two Tampa Bay field goals and one field goal from Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins before the Redskins tied it late on a six-yard pass from quarterback Kirk Cousins to tight end Jordan Reed.
Washington went ahead for good with the ensuing Hopkins extra point. It was the largest comeback win in Redskins franchise history.
"It's hurting pretty bad right now," Kerrigan said of his hand. "But we won, thank goodness."