- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 11, 2014

Chris Neild, who tore the ACL in his right knee in the Redskins’ preseason finale against Tampa Bay, was scheduled to undergo surgery to repair the ligament on Thursday.

Neild, who spoke to reporters on Wednesday, said the plan was for surgeons to take the patellar tendon from his left knee to graft a new ligament in his right knee. It was the reverse of the procedure he had in 2012, when he tore the ACL in his left knee during training camp.

“I’m experienced with it when it comes to this rehab stuff, and I think it will be a smoother process this time, but it’s still going to be a [pain],” Neild said.

The Redskins’ backup nose tackle, Neild injured his knee on a play that began with 4:49 remaining in the first quarter.

It was unclear exactly how the injury happened; Neild was among a group of players trying to tackle Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey, who gained two yards on the play, and he was not able to get up off the grass when the play was over.

“I mean, knew it as soon as it happened, so the first thing I thought about was my wife and kid, and, you know, ‘I’ve got to do this [stuff] over again,’ as far as rehabbing and stuff like that,” Neild said.

The 6-foot-2, 328-pounder was a seventh-round draft pick out of West Virginia in 2011. His rookie contract will expire in March, making him an unrestricted free agent.

“After this season, it’s all going to be new to me, so you know, we’ll see what happens,” Neild said. “I’ll speak to my agent and we’ll go from there. Right now, I’m in here getting better, rehabbing.”

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