Rookie linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said he felt better waking up Saturday morning, but he wasn’t certain when he’d be ready to return to practicing with his teammates.

During Saturday morning’s practice, Kerrigan was on the field, wearing a compression sleeve on his right leg. He suffered a bone bruise in practice the day before.


Kerrigan spent most of his practice with his fellow linebackers, watching them go through drills. The team is practicing without pads and there’s little contact, but Kerrigan still suffered the injury in Friday’s practice when someone else’s leg hit him. An MRI was negative and Kerrigan missed the team’s afternoon walk-through.

“It kind of stiffened up on me after I down for awhile after practice,” he said.

Because of the lockout, Kerrigan didn’t have the benefit of offseason workouts or minicamps to learn the Redskins defense. Compounding matters, he’s moving from defensive end to linebacker, so he must learn a new position in just a few weeks. Every practice in camp is important and coaches are eager to see him back out there, going full-speed.

“The good thing about it is he’s out there. As you can see, he’s getting all the mental reps. That’s very important,” said Coach Mike Shanahan. “You’d like him to be out there, getting in football shape. Hopefully, it won’t be long before he can get back and practice. But you’ve got a bone bruise. When you got a bone bruise, you have to wait for it to heal. Will it be one or two days? Will it be five days? I don’t know.

“But it was much better today,” the coach continued. “The swelling was down, so hopefully it will be sooner rather than later.”