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Silas Redd Jr. To Have Surgery Thursday


One week after suffering a season-ending ACL/MCL injury in the preseason opener against the Browns, Silas Redd Jr. will have surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews.

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Washington Redskins running back Silas Redd Jr. believes he, too, can return strong from a season-ending ACL injury suffered last Thursday in the Redskins' preseason opener against the Cleveland Browns.

"It was just the initial shock," Redd Jr. told about the depth of the injury. "'Oh my gosh,  Am I done? Am I done?' But once that settles and everything, then you understand the whole thing."

He also wondered if he was "going to be the same player" again.

"But then you settle down and stay positive and you just trust the people, trust the doctors, trust the trainers," he said. "That they're going to get you back right, trust in yourself."

The USC product's journey to recovery starts Thursday, when he's scheduled to undergo surgery with Dr. James Andrews, the same doctor who performed on Robert Griffin III following a torn ACL and LCL during a playoff game his rookie season.

"Hopefully I don't have any complications with that and then from there we'll start setting things up," Redd Jr. said.

Redd Jr. was a surprise roster addition last season, as the college free agent worked his way up from the bottom of the depth chart to the team's third back behind Alfred Morris and Roy Helu Jr.

This year, the 5-foot-10, 200 pounder was locked in a battle with Chris Thompson, Trey Williams and Mack Brown for a similar roster spot before suffering the season-ending injury, the first he's ever experienced as a football player.

"Nothing that put me on the shelf for a whole year," he said. "So that's different but you got to charge it to the game, to the game of football. It's the game I still love. We went in this day one, knowing what could happen so you got to take it as it comes."

Redd Jr. plans to stay in Virginia during his recovery and will be at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va., but said it won't be the same not being out during the team's practices and games.

"Just missing my team, missing the game," he said. "You've got to respect the process and take it as it comes and I'm just ready to get back in the swing of things"




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