Hanker­son surgery con­firms ACL tear

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Red­skins wide re­ceiver Leonard Hanker­son had surgery Thurs­day to re­pair torn lat­eral col­lat­eral and an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ments in his left knee.

The torn ACL was sus­pected by doc­tors, but not con­firmed un­til surgery. Ac­cord­ing to Wash­ing­ton coach Mike Shana­han, that lig­a­ment had a 90 per­cent tear. Hanker­son was in­jured dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter of Sun­day’s 24-16 loss to the Philadel­phia Ea­gles and will not re­turn this sea­son. His re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram is ex­pected to last seven to nine months, Shana­han said. That likely means Hanker­son would miss the team’s en­tire off­sea­son pro­gram.

“It’s a huge blow any time you lose one of your bet­ter play­ers,” Red­skins of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Kyle Shana­han said. “Hank is a guy we re­ally rely on in cer­tain sit­u­a­tions and I felt strongly that he’s been get­ting a lot bet­ter.”

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. But his of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor saw him hit “another level” in the three games be­fore fac­ing the Ea­gles.

“I was pretty dis­ap­pointed for [Hanker­son],” Kyle Shana­han said. “Be­cause you know he’s put in a lot of work. I know he wanted to get those num­bers and to show every­body what he’s ca­pa­ble of. With get­ting hurt, ob­vi­ously doesn’t get a chance to do that. He’ll come back next year and he’ll be healthy, but it’s al­ways tough when you lose a good player.”

The Red­skins signed wide re­ceiver Lance Lewis from the prac­tice squad to re­place Hanker­son on the ac­tive 53-man ros­ter.

An un­drafted col­lege free agent from East Carolina, Lewis made an im­pres­sion dur­ing train­ing camp. The 24-year-old was a late cut in train­ing camp in 2012 and again this sea­son, be­fore be­ing added to the prac­tice squad on Sept. 1. It’s un­cer­tain if he would be ac­tive for

Mon­day’s game against the San Fran­cisco 49ers.

Wash­ing­ton signed wide re­ceiver Josh Bel­lamy, 24, to the prac­tice squad to re­place Lewis.

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