Washington Redskins defensive end Kedric Golston expressed relief that the torn MCL and partially-torn ACL in his left knee won’t require surgery and said that, although disappointed, he knows being placed on injured reserve was the best move for himself and the team.

Speaking for the first time since he suffered the injury against Miami in Week 10, Golston said after examining his knee, doctors prescribed a rehabilitation process that is expected to take four to six weeks. Although he possibly could have returned to the field this season, the Redskins elected to place Golston on the season-ending injured reserve list, and Golston understood why.

“It was the best decision for me and the organization,” the sixth-year veteran said. “Of course, I want to be out there and play, but the best case scenario was four-to-six weeks, and so, with eight weeks left in the season, I don’t think they wanted to allow me to go out and hurt myself and we needed more depth on the defensive line.”

Golston has spent all of his career with the Redskins and in the summer signed a one-year contract to remain with the team. He acknowledges the fact that the injury hurts his earning potential for next year, but refuses to allow that to worry him.

“That is what it is. Whether I hurt my knee or not, I was on a one-year contract,” said Golston, who had recorded 16 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble. “I didn’t throw somebody into my leg. I had no control over it. It’s a part of life; it’s a situation. Just get back healthy, and we’ll see next year.”