Ryan Kerrigan to undergo arthroscopic surgery on left knee

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Ryan Kerrigan will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee next week to repair a torn lateral meniscus he sustained in the Washington Redskins’ Week 3 loss to the Detroit Lions.

The outside linebacker said the recovery from the surgery, which he described as minor, will require a recovery of just two to four weeks.

“I wasn’t as explosive off it,” Kerrigan said Monday, a day after the Redskins’ season ended with a 20-6 road loss to the New York Giants. “It’s not as flexible. It’s constantly getting swollen and pounded on every day at practice, and then in the game – it’s like it never [healed]. This is the type of injury where rest really helps, and when you’re in the middle of a football season, you don’t get that, especially when it happens in Week 3. I wouldn’t say that it affected me a great deal, but I mean, it definitely wasn’t 100 percent.”

Kerrigan said he had to get fluid drained from the knee “a couple times” but never thought of having surgery to repair the tear during the season. Long snapper Nick Sundberg also tore the lateral meniscus, but in his right knee, and missed the final 11 games.

Kerrigan had five sacks in his first four games but finished with just 8.5 this season, including two in his final three games, to tie a career high set last season. He also forced four fumbles and finished with 66 tackles.

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