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Wilson, Hankerson won’t be at full speed until training camp

Safety Josh Wilson will miss next week’s mini-camp and wide receiver Leonard Hankerson will not practice at full speed until training camp begins in late July, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Thursday.

Wilson, who missed Thursday’s practice session, is nursing “a little thigh injury,” Shanahan said. Hankerson, meanwhile, is still working his way back into form after hip surgery in February.

The Redskins held their final practice of the organized team activity phase of offseason workouts. Their mandatory full-squad minicamp is scheduled for next Monday through Thursday.

Hankerson spent the first two weeks of OTAs working on the side with the team’s trainers, but this week received clearance to return to the field. He went through positional drills, but was still held out of team drills.

Shanahan said that rather than turn Hankerson loose, the Redskins will continue to bring him along slowly. He probably won’t practice at full speed until July, when training camp begins. Shanahan said Hankerson’s hip is fine, but that the Miami product still is working his way “back into football shape.”

Wilson also is expected to be back on the field by the start of training camp.

Running backs Roy Helu (hamstring) and Evan Royster (groin) also were held out of Thursday’s practice. Safety Tanard Jackson, who had been limited by recovery from shoulder surgery, returned to action this week.

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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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