'Fairly Minor' Surgery Sidelines Randle El

Wide receiver Antwaan Randle El had arthroscopic knee surgery to remove floating cartilage.
Wide receiver Antwaan Randle El had arthroscopic knee surgery to remove floating cartilage. (By Toni L. Sandys -- The Washington Post)
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By Jason Reid
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Wide receiver Antwaan Randle El underwent arthroscopic knee surgery yesterday and is expected to return for the Washington Redskins' second session of organized team activities that start in June, according to Coach Jim Zorn.

Randle El, who missed the first organized team activity of the offseason Monday because of his right knee, had what Zorn described as a "fairly minor" procedure to remove floating cartilage. If there are no complications, Randle El should be fully recovered in a few weeks, Zorn said.

The last of this week's three OTAs, which are closed to the public, will be held today at Redskins Park. The OTAs, of which 11 are scheduled, resume June 2 and Randle El could take part in those final eight.

"He'll be here for the next set of OTAs," said Zorn, who did not mention Randle El's surgery in his daily meeting with reporters Monday. "This should be a three- to four-week deal, I think. I haven't heard any report. This is just what the preliminary thoughts were when they went in."

During last weekend's minicamp, Randle El expressed his excitement about "the freedom" he felt in the West Coast offense Zorn is installing.

"There are just a lot of options," Randle El said. "You run to get open and the quarterback plays off of you. The passing game, the offense, is up-tempo. He [Zorn] wants to get in and out of the huddle, get to the ball and get moving."

Zorn could not point to a specific play in minicamp, or during the team's voluntary workout program that began in March, on which Randle El's knee injury occurred.

"Sometimes those things are just in there and then they create irritation," Zorn said. "They [the medical staff] noticed some swelling. They gave him an MRI that showed that there was just a little piece of cartilage floating in there. They go in there, suck it out and then get on with it."

In 15 games last season, Randle El, the Redskins' No. 2 receiver behind Santana Moss, had 51 receptions for 728 yards (a 14.3-yard average) and one touchdown. In his first season with the team in 2006, Randle El played in 16 games and had 32 catches for 351 yards (an 11.0-yard average) and scored three touchdowns. Also the Redskins' primary punt returner, Randle El had a 6.1-yard average on 34 returns last season. He did not score a touchdown.

"I think everybody is pretty excited about Jim's offense and what he wants to do," Randle El said during minicamp. "We definitely feel like we have the right people to get it done, we just have to have everyone healthy and ready to go."

Redskins Notes: Reed Doughty was excused from yesterday's OTA to be with his son, Micah, who has been battling a viral infection the last few days. Micah, 21 months, underwent a kidney transplant in March. . . . Kedric Golston missed yesterday's workout because of a sprained ankle, but is expected to be healthy for the resumption of OTAs next month.

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