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Redskins wide receiver Leonard Hankerson has surgery on hip

Washington Redskins wide receiver Leonard Hankerson had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip last Tuesday after nearly three months of rehabilitation failed to correct the problem.

Hankerson, whom Washington selected in the third round of the 2011 draft out of the University of Miami, announced the news on his Twitter account (@HankTime85).

Hankerson said that he expects to be healthy in time for the start of training camp.

“Ok well the bad news is, I got surgery on Tuesday, and the good news is, I’ll be ready 2 go b4 camp start,” Hankerson tweeted.

When reached for more details Saturday evening, Redskins senior vice president Tony Wyllie said the team had no comment. Hankerson’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, didn’t immediately respond to a message left for him.

Hankerson suffered the injury on Nov. 13 while playing against the Miami Dolphins. In that game, the 6-foot-2, 209-pound Hankerson recorded a career-high eight catches for 106 yards.

But he suffered the injury late in the game, and the following day was placed on injured reserve.

Hankerson had spent the entire offseason working with Washington’s athletic trainers in hopes that the therapy would correct the problem. In January, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan had said that Hankerson was on target to return to full strength by the start of the team’s offseason conditioning program in April. But it wasn’t clear if Hankerson had a setback, or if the treatments simply didn’t work as hoped.

The uncertainty of Hankerson’s health further heightens the Redskins’ needs to acquire help at the wide receiver position this offseason.

The team already had hoped to add a big-play receiver either through the draft or free agency, and had hoped to pair that player with a healthy Hankerson, veterans Santana Moss, Jabar Gaffney and Anthony Armstrong.

Now the team could seek to add a receiver both in the draft and free agency.

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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