Josh Morgan is recovering from three surgeries

February 27, 2013

Josh Morgan recorded 48 catches for 510 yards and two touchdowns last season. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Redskins receiver Josh Morgan continues to recover from surgery on his right ankle, as well as procedures on both hands.

Morgan had a plate and seven screws removed from his surgically repaired right ankle in January. On Wednesday, as he took part in a charity event at Margaret Brent Regional School in New Carrollton, Morgan revealed that the same week as his ankle surgery, he also had torn ligaments in each hand repaired.

“Basically, the whole year, I was playing with two torn ligaments in both hands,” he said. “So they corrected that and got all that stuff straight.”

Morgan suffered an injury to one hand in the season opener, then tore ligaments in the other hand later in the season against Philadelphia.

Morgan broke his ankle in 2011 while he was with San Francisco. He was never completely healed last season, but played in all 16 games. He had 48 catches for 510 yards and two receiving touchdowns, as well as one rushing touchdown. Late in the year, Morgan struggled with both his mobility and catching ability. He said trainers had to tape his hands like a boxer’s for each game.

Morgan said his recovery from all three surgeries is going well. He wore sneakers Wednesday and didn’t walk with an obvious limp. He appeared to have full use of his hands as he demonstrated his ability to open and close them.

Asked how much more effective he expected to be when fully healthy, Morgan said, ”I expect to be a lot better. That’s the whole reason of doing it right when the season was over, so I can rehab fully now, because it was tough doing half rehab in California with the 49ers and doing half of it here.”

Morgan said that he hasn’t been cleared to resume running, and that he doesn’t know whether he’ll be able to take part in organized team activities, which in May. But he said he is not concerned.

“I’m just doing what they tell me to do,” said Morgan, who has been rehabbing daily at Redskins Park with Robert Griffin III and other teammates. “We’re all just worried about the start of the season and nothing else.”

Wednesday’s event marked the continuation of charity work that Morgan has been active in since he returned to his his home town of D.C.  Working in conjunction with the Redskins’ Charitable Foundation and FedEx, he delivered books to each classroom of the special needs school.

“Whatever I can do to help these children benefit, I’ll be there … The opportunity wasn’t given to us, so why not?You might make their day, make their life, motivate them to be the next Barack Obama,” Morgan said.

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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