The Washington Redskins ended 16 players season in 2015 by placing them on the injured reserve list. Many more key pieces like running back Matt Jones and wide receiver DeSean Jackson missed time during the season as well.
In total, the Burgundy and Gold had 199 man games lost due to a bad case of "fluke" injuries, as described by head coach Jay Gruden multiple times during the season.
Now to start the 2016 season with offseason workouts, the Redskins are reloaded with the likes of Junior Galette (Achilles), Niles Paul (ankle), and others working their way back from season-ending injuries.
Outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan called the return of many teammates "the most exciting thing" of beginning the journey to start the 2016 season.
Kerrigan was also excited about having injured teammates "back in the mix" because "a lot of these guys were good friends too." With players hitting the injured reserve list early in the season, they were sidelined from any activity and are not interacting with many of their teammates.
"Getting to spend time with them this morning in the weight room, in the meeting rooms and just getting them back in the mix is a big thing for us", concluded Kerrigan.
The Pro Bowl pass rusher's close friend Adam Hayward is fighting back from a second straight season ended on the injured reserve list after a preseason ACL injury this time around.
Kerrigan was quick to name Hayward as a player that stood out on the first day of offseason workouts because he was doing "basically everything we were doing in the weight room."
Washington will still have to monitor the rehab of many of their players from last season because of their injuries late in the year. This list includes key pieces like cornerback Chris Culliver (ACL), tight end Derek Carrier (ACL), and defensive back Kyshoen Jarrett (nerve in shoulder).
When the Redskins are finally able to get back to full strength, it will be interesting to see just how high they can go with some of the underrated talent they have on the roster.
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