Redskins receiver Josh Morgan has surgery on right leg


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

Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan had surgery on his lower right leg on Friday.

The fifth-year veteran this past season played in all 16 games a year after missing all but five contests after breaking his right leg and tearing ligaments near his lower leg/ankle area.

It wasn’t immediately clear what the latest procedure corrected. The Redskins didn’t release any information on Morgan’s surgery, and his agent didn’t immediately respond to inquiries about Morgan’s status.

Morgan tweeted, “Surgery was a Success… Painful but worth it… Thank you god … Time to heal and get back doing me like I really do #HTTR.”

The message also contained a link to a photo of Morgan in a hospital bed with his right leg in a cast.

The D.C. native just completed his first season with the Redskins after spending the first four seasons of his career with the San Francisco 49ers. He signed as a free agent with his hometown team last March.

Morgan recorded 48 catches for 510 yards and two touchdowns, and also recovered a fumble and scored a touchdown off of it.

Despite playing in all 16 games, and Washington’s playoff game versus Seattle, Morgan was less than 100 percent this season as he continued to recover from last season’s injury.

He was unable to make sharp cuts while running routes and lost some of his explosiveness and leaping ability.

But Morgan appeared to be rounding into form late in the year, recording 25 catches for 247 yards and two touchdowns and 15 first downs in the final two months of the season.

Meanwhile, fellow wide receiver Pierre Garcon hasn’t yet decided whether or not to have surgery on the injured toe that hobbled him for much of the year.

Garcon tore ligaments in the second toe of his right foot and missed a total of six games, but played the final seven games of the regular season despite not being fully healed, and finished the year with 44 catches for 633 yards and four touchdowns. Garcon’s agent said this week that the receiver is still weighing his options.

Garcon said at the conclusion of the season that he still hoped to avoid surgery, but would seek multiple opinions from doctors before making a decision.

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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