Injuries to wide receiver Leonard Hankerson and tight end Jordan Reed could put two players who recently have not been in the Washington Redskins’ plans, wideout Josh Morgan and tight end Fred Davis, back in them.
Hankerson had moved ahead of Morgan in their competition for playing time at the wide receiver spot opposite Pierre Garcon. But Hankerson suffered a knee injury during Sunday’s loss at Philadelphia and Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday it’s possible that Hankerson will have to undergo surgery to repair damage to his lateral collateral ligament.
Morgan has only 11 catches this season after leading the team with 48 last season. He was on the inactive list Sunday after saying last week that “I know I didn’t do anything to lose my job.” Shanahan said Monday that Morgan’s de-activation was not related to those public comments. Shanahan also called it “a little bit unusual to hear” Morgan’s postgame comment Sunday that “Coach said I can’t play football and I can’t talk.”
Reed has replaced Davis as the Redskins’ top pass-catching threat at tight end but suffered a concussion Sunday. He is subject to the NFL’s procedures for treating players who suffer concussions and must be cleared by an independent neurologist to practice and play. Davis has become a fixture on the inactive list in recent weeks and has only three catches in four games played this season. He already has missed out on a $500,000 bonus in his contract that he would have received for being active for 12 games this season.
The Redskins have other options at both positions. Wide receiver Aldrick Robinson had a fourth-quarter touchdown catch against the Eagles playing in place of Hankerson. Veteran wideout Santana Moss’s role possibly could be expanded. At tight end, the team also has Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul. But the injuries to Hankerson and Davis at least create possibilities that Morgan and Davis could be back in the mix entering Monday night’s game at home against the San Francisco 49ers, Morgan’s former team.
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