Hanker­son to have knee surgery

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Wash­ing­ton Red­skins wide re­ceiver Leonard Hanker­son is out for the sea­son with a tear of the lat­eral col­lat­eral lig­a­ment in his left knee, ac­cord­ing to coach Mike Shana­han.

Surgery is nec­es­sary, but not yet sched­uled, Shana­han said. Hanker­son’s re­cov­ery is ex­pected to take sev­eral months.

Hanker­son be­gan the year in a com­pe­ti­tion with team­mate Josh Mor­gan for the start­ing spot at the “Z” re­ceiver po­si­tion and quickly took con­trol of that role. A third-round pick in 2011, Hanker­son fin­ished with 30 re­cep­tions for 375 yards and three touch­downs. He was in­jured in the sec­ond quar­ter of Sun­day’s 24-16 loss to the Ea­gles.

“I don’t know if you saw it, but it was a hit where he was ac­tu­ally on the ground and a big line­man came right over the top and hit him right in the knee,” Shana­han said. “So when I saw that just watch­ing the film the next morn­ing I didn’t have a good feel­ing that some­thing pos­i­tive was go­ing to hap­pen.”

Hanker­son’s ab­sence means that Mor­gan will again be in the lineup Mon­day night against the San Fran­cisco 49ers. Mor­gan was in­ac­tive against Philadel­phia and ex­pressed his dis­plea­sure in the locker room af­ter­ward. But there are other op­tions if he con­tin­ues to strug­gle.

“We can play a num­ber of peo­ple there but Josh will be the start­ing Z re­ceiver go­ing into this game,” Shana­han said. “I’ve got a lot of con­fi­dence in him. He had a good prac­tice to­day. Ob­vi­ously San­tana [ Moss] knows that po­si­tion as well. Nick [ Wil­liams] can play both in­side and out­side if needed, as well as Aldrick [ Robin­son], so we’ve got some guys that we can flip-flop dif­fer­ent po­si­tions if needed.”

In other in­jury news, Red­skins tight end Jor­dan Reed did not par­tic­i­pate in Wed­nes­day’s prac­tice as he con­tin­ues to re­cover from the con­cus­sion that knocked him from the Ea­gles game. De­fen­sive end Stephen Bowen (right knee) did not prac­tice, ei­ther. Cor­ner­back Josh Wil­son sat out with a toe in­jury.

The team has not yet de­cided on the fi­nal sta­tus of de­fen­sive line­man Adam Car­riker, who is cur­rently on the phys­i­cally un­able to per­form list. The Red­skins are in the midst of a 21-day eval­u­a­tion pe­riod where they could ac­ti­vate Car­riker if he proves healthy af­ter mul­ti­ple surg­eries on his right thigh, though Shana­han said his re­turn would be “a mi­nor mir­a­cle.”

League spokesman Greg Aiello dis­puted me­dia re­ports on Wed­nes­day that El­li­son would not be sus­pended or dis­ci­plined at all for his out­burst. Wil­liams in­sisted af­ter the game that El­li­son screamed pro­fan­ity at him just be­fore a snap on Wash­ing­ton’s fi­nal drive of the first half against the Ea­gles.

Mul­ti­ple team­mates backed up that ac­count. De­spite the on­go­ing re­view, Wil­liams does not ex­pect any dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against El­li­son, who has a his­tory of us­ing such lan­guage on the field. Wil­liams also said the NFL has yet to con­tact him for its in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“I’ve had [other NFL play­ers] hit me up the past few days say­ing they had the same ex­pe­ri­ences with [El­li­son],” Wil­liams said. “If I said some­thing of that na­ture to him it’s at least a flag or I’m thrown out of the game. I’d never say any­thing like that to a ref­eree.”

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