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Chris Culliver recovering ahead of schedule

May 26, 2015; Ashbury, VA, USA; Washington Redskins cornerback Chris Culliver (29) speaks with the media after the Redskins OTA at Redskins Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

May 26, 2015; Ashbury, VA, USA; Washington Redskins cornerback Chris Culliver (29) speaks with the media after the Redskins OTA at Redskins Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

When the Washington Redskins signed Chris Culliver to a four-year, $32 million deal last March, he was supposed to be the Redskins' premier signing of the season.

But a collision on a Thanksgiving Day practice left Culliver with a torn ACL, ending a disappointing first year for Culliver.

An injury of that significance that late into a season could put Culliver's 2016 season in jeopardy. But according to a report by CBS DC's Brian McNally, Redskins' general manager Scot McCloughan says that Culliver's recover is "ahead of schedule."

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Via McNally:

"(Culliver's) working his tail off getting after it, but always when you have injuries, especially at a skill position -- it's an ACL, it's a movement part," McCloughan said. "It makes you a bit nervous. But also I can see him coming back, making a full recovery. But we're always going to try to get better at corner, we're going to try to get better at every position.".

That's good news for Washington. Will Blackmon played as the Redskins' starting corner, but he is set to become a free agent. If the Redskins can have Culliver return relatively quickly, Culliver and Bashaud Breeland should perform quite well.

Tommy Chalk writes about the NFL and NHL for FOX Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @Tommy_Chalk