Leonard Hankerson says his recovery from hip surgery is on schedule

Washington Redskins second-year receiver Leonard Hankerson said his recovery from hip surgery is progressing nicely, and he remains on schedule to be fully ready by the start of training camp in late July.

Hankerson - Washington’s third-round draft pick in 2011 - tore the labrum in his right hip midway through last season. Originally, it was believed that he wouldn’t need surgery. But after an extensive rehab process, doctors ordered that Hankerson go under the knife.

Hankerson had surgery the last week of February, and didn’t appear to walk with a limp Monday while attending teammate Brian Orakpo’s Leukemia Golf Classic.

“I’m feeling good, getting better every day,” said Hankerson, who hadn’t spoken to reporters since he suffered his injury in Week 9 of last season. “Not quite there yet, but hopefully I will be in a couple of weeks.”

The Redskins believe that Hankerson will be an important weapon on offense. Coach Mike Shanahan said the Miami product could start this season alongside free agent additions Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan.

Hankerson said he’s eager to receive clearance to begin working with rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III and his fellow receivers.

“Everyone is very excited. ... It’s going to be an exciting year for us,” Hankerson said. “I just have to go out there and be me, go out there and try to get better each week; do the little things moving forward.”

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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