Hankerson to have knee surgery
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.”