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Ryan Kerrigan passes concussion tests [updated]

Ryan Kerrigan sacks Michael Vick in Monday’s season opener. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan has passed all of his concussion tests and is expected to practice Wednesday when he and his teammates begin preparation for Sunday’s game at Green Bay, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed.

Kerrigan left the fourth quarter of Monday night’s season-opening 33-27 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and was monitored for concussion-like symptoms both on the sideline and in the locker room.

But Kerrigan didn’t exhibit any lingering effects when tested Monday night or Tuesday morning. Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan first reported news of Kerrigan’s clean bill of health.

Kerrigan, a third-year pro out of Purdue, on Monday recorded eight tackles, one sack, two tackles for a loss, and a forced fumble. That first quarter forced fumble led to a 75-yard return for a touchdown by conerback DeAngelo Hall.

Update (3:50 p.m.)

Kerrigan confirmed he’s been cleared to practice. He said he’d been told by doctors that he didn’t suffer a concussion.

“They don’t believe it was,” Kerrigan said in a conference call with reporters. “I wasn’t very symptomatic and I passed all my tests.”

Kerrigan left Monday night’s game in the late stages after suffering a blow to the head.
“Pretty much the last drive before they took the two kneel-downs, I took a little shot to the head,” he said. “It felt a little more jarring than the normal hit to the head. So I told the doctors and just wanted to make sure I was good before going back in. Since it was late in the game and there was a minute left, they wanted to play it precautionary and took me back to the locker room, did the tests, which I passed all of them. Then they did another ImPACT test this morning and I passed that as well. So I’m feeling good and ready to roll this week.”

Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesday.

What’s ahead:

● The Redskins do not practice on Tuesday, but with the quick turnaround for Sunday at Green Bay and a battle of 0-1 teams with high expectations hoping to avoid 0-2, Alfred Morris and Mike Shanahan will speak with reporters in the afternoon.

● Mike Jones’s mailbag.

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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