No firm timetable given yet for Hankerson’s return


Leonard Hankerson hurt his left knee during a November game against the Eagles. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Wide receiver Leonard Hankerson says there’s no firm timetable yet for him to resume practicing with the Washington Redskins as he works his way back from knee surgery in November.

“I’m feeling pretty good right now,” Hankerson said this week at Redskins Park. “I’ve been out here moving around a whole lot more. I’m seven months out now. So I’ve probably got another couple months to go. I should be good by training camp but you never know. Hopefully [there will be] no setbacks or nothing like that. But I’m feeling good right now.”

Hankerson’s anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments in his left knee were repaired after he was hurt during a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

“I’ve just got to keep working, just keep pushing, keep doing the little things I’m doing,” he said. “I’m out here working each and every day, moving forward and hopefully no setbacks and I should be good to go.”

Hankerson had 30 catches for 375 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games last season. The former third-round draft choice has 81 catches for 1,081 yards and six touchdowns in three NFL seasons. The Redskins upgraded their wide receiver corps in the offseason by signing DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts as free agents.

“It’s coming along pretty well,” Hankerson said. “We needed help all the way around. We won three games last year. So, I mean, something had to happen. Andre Roberts, DeSean, two great players. We should have a pretty good year this year.”

Once he gets healthy, Hankerson must work to adjust to the offensive system of the team’s new head coach, Jay Gruden.

“It’s similar,” Hankerson said. “We have meetings every day. We learn it. Every time you get a new coach, there’s always going to be some different things. It should happen once I get out there running this stuff. … I’m a little behind. I get on that field. I do my work before and then I come watch those guys and I’m anxious to be out there. But I’ve just got to stay patient and just keep learning.”

 

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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