Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan has been cleared to practice this week after being evaluated for a concussion after Monday’s 33-27 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
“[Kerrigan] was cleared to go today,” Washington coach Mike Shanahan said during his Tuesday press conference with reporters.
Kerrigan took a blow to the head on the second-to-last-drive of the game. He returned to the locker room as a precaution to undergo neurophysiological tests, which he passed. Kerrigan passed an imPACT test on Tuesday morning, too, and is available to practice on Wednesday.
“It felt a little more jarring than the normal hit to the head,” Kerrigan said. “So I told the doctors and just wanted to make sure that I was good before going back in.”
Kerrigan has played in all 33 games of his NFL career since the Redskins drafted him No. 16 overall in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft. He has become a mainstay at left outside linebacker and made a key play on Monday by deflecting a backwards pass by Eagles quarterback Michael Vick that led to a 75-yard touchdown return by teammate DeAngelo Hall.
“The doctors don’t believe it was [a concussion] because I wasn’t very symptomatic and I passed all my tests,” Kerrigan said.