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Ryan Kerrigan undergoes surgery on elbow, faces two-month recovery

Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan played the last three games of the season with an injured left elbow, which caused him to pull out of the Pro Bowl earlier this week. It also needed surgery to be fixed.

Kerrigan said via text message that he underwent surgery earlier in the week to, as he said, “clean up” some lingering issues with the elbow. He sprained his left elbow in a Dec. 19 loss to Carolina and needed to wear a brace on his left arm for the final three games. The expected recovery time is six to eight weeks, which would have him back in time for offseason workouts that begin in April.

After the season, Kerrigan said he hoped rest would be enough to help his elbow. Two weeks later, though, he needed the surgery and his chance to play in the Pro Bowl had ended. It would have been his second Pro Bowl appearance, but this was the first time he'd been voted into the game. Kerrigan has never missed a regular-season game in six years with Washington.

It’ll be an interesting offseason for Kerrigan and the Redskins’ defense, depending on who the team hires as a defensive coordinator. The Redskins aren’t wedded to a base 3-4 front, which is why they’ve interviewed candidates such as Gus Bradley and Jason Tarver, both of whom ran a 4-3 as defensive coordinators.

If the Redskins switched to that look, it could result in Kerrigan moving to right defensive end, holding more of a pass-rushing role. Kerrigan has said he likes playing in a 3-4 because it allows him to play a more all-around game.

But the Redskins have interviewed multiple candidates who would stick with a variation of the 3-4/hybrid look Washington has used since 2010. And that would enable Kerrigan to stay in the same role. He’s recorded 58.5 sacks in his career, including 34 in the past three seasons combined. Kerrigan had 11 sacks and forced two fumbles this season -- one clinched a win over the Philadelphia Eagles.