A first-round pick in 2011, Kerrigan has started every game of his NFL career, 139 straight starts to be exact, but that run will end this Sunday when the Redskins take on the Carolina Panthers.
Kerrigan suffered a concussion last Sunday in a win against the Lions, and this week, he never practiced as he was entered into the NFL concussion protocol. Washington interim head coach Bill Callahan announced that Kerrigan would be out on Sunday against the Panthers, and after the announcement, Callahan offered significant praise of Kerrigan.
"I can't even begin to express how much he's meant to this organization," the coach said. "He's a consummate pro as you just watch him around the facility, in the meeting room, on the field. There's no better example of what a pro should be in the NFL than Ryan Kerrigan."
For some perspective on his start streak, the last time Kerrigan missed a game, Robert Griffin III played for Baylor and Charlie Sheen was "winning" on every major talk show.
In those 139 starts, Kerrigan has 89 sacks and four Pro Bowl trips. Last year Kerrigan finished with 13.5 sacks, and he totaled 37 sacks in the last three seasons.
With Kerrigan's start streak ending on Sunday, Redskins right tackle Morgan Moses has the longest streak with 75 straight games. Moses has started every game since 2016. Punter Tress Way has the longest active streak at 91 games. Way hasn't missed a game since 2014.
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