Ryan Kerrigan notches first sack

In just his second career outing as a linebacker, rookie Ryan Kerrigan notched his first sack in an NFL jersey in Friday’s preseason game against the Colts.

The Redskins were lined up in a nickel package and Kerrigan actually began the play with his hand on the ground. The Colts faced third-and-7 from their own 23-yard line late in the first quarter. As the Washington blitz came charging, Indianapolis quarterback Curtis Painter stepped up in the pocket but was caught by Kerrigan at the line of scrimmage. The sack forced a fourth down.

“The guys on the inside did a good job of forcing the quarterback to step up and I was able to come across and get Painter,” Kerrigan said after the game.

Kerrigan, a first-round draft pick out of Purdue, is from nearby Muncie, Ind., about 90 minutes from Indianapolis, and was playing in front of about 20 family and friends at Lucas Oil Stadium.

“I’m making strides with each practice and each game. I’m getting better at it. Hopefully I can continue to do that.”

Rick Maese is a sports features writer for The Washington Post.

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