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Brandon Banks’s knee is ‘better than ever’

Washington Redskins kick/punt returner Brandon Banks said he had no problems with his balky left knee after Sunday’s season opener against the New York Giants. He said the knee feels better than ever.

The 5-foot-7, 151-pound Banks averaged 24 yards a kick return and 13.3 yards a punt return Sunday, including a long of 25 yards.

The second-year pro had surgery on his knee midway through last season, and was limited to just two preseason games because the knee repeatedly swelled after Banks even ran pass routes in practice.

Banks had his knee evaluated by renowned orthopedic surgeon James Andrews, who determined that no surgery was needed. But Banks did receive platelet rich plasma treatments, which help muscles and tissues regenerate more quickly.

Banks returned to action in the preseason finale and returned a punt 95 yards for a touchdown. Banks said he didn’t experience any ill effects from Sunday’s action, and thinks that the rest and treatments during the preseason were a big reason why.

“I think it was real important because I’m feeling better than I’ve ever felt before,” Banks said. “I just want to expand my role, contribute. Get good field position if not get six points.”

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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