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Redskins’ Dotson Has Tendon Surgery

August 7, 2002

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CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) _ Washington Redskins defensive lineman Santana Dotson was placed on the injured reserve list Wednesday after undergoing surgery for a ruptured left Achilles’ tendon that could end his NFL career.

The 11-year veteran was injured Tuesday in a pass rush drill during his first practice of training camp.

Dotson had been sidelined since straining his left calf in a June minicamp. Trainer Dean Kleinschmidt said there was no evidence that the calf and Achilles’ injuries were related.

Dotson will not play this season, and Kleinschmidt expressed concern over whether the 32-year-old would ever play again.

Dotson, versatile as a run-stopper and pass rusher, started 129 games and had 49 sacks in four seasons with Tampa Bay and six with Green Bay.

The Redskins signed him in June as a potential starting lineman, but the calf injury had the team considering other options as training camp began.

Daryl Gardener was signed last week. Gardener’s first practice Tuesday was the same practice at which Dotson was hurt.

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