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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Redskins Injury Update: Leonard Hankerson, Barry Cofield

By on 6/18/2014 12:10:00 PM

The Washington Redskins are coming off a lackluster season under performing in every aspect of the game. This year they hope for a quick turn around with star quarterback, Robert Griffin III, coming back from a knee injury he suffered in January 2013. However, the Redskins are now facing their fair share of injuries throughout the offseason. 

Wide receiver Leonard Hankerson, who is recovering from tearing his anterior cruciate ligament and lateral collateral ligament, looked to be running better than he did two weeks ago. Meanwhile nose tackle Barry Cofield is recovering from hernia surgery and won't see much action at least until the start of training camp, according to John Kelm of ESPN.

Hankerson's timetable is currently unknown. When asked if he has any indication Hankerson will be ready for camp, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said, “None whatsoever.” 

Hankerson stated the following about his return to the field: 
I'm feeling pretty good right now, out here moving around a whole lot more. Probably got a couple months to go. Should be good by training camp, but you never know.
This past week Hankerson was able to run some routes off to the side, but he was certainly not running them at 100 percent speed and nor should he be. This year will prove to be pivotal for Hankerson's career as he will become a free agent during the 2015 NFL offseason. 

While the Redskins wait and see what happens with Hankerson they are currently taking a close look at nose tackle Barry Cofield. Cofield is coming off hernia surgery and while he was able to compete more this week than last week, the decision was made to keep him out of team drills. 

Gruden had this to say regarding Cofield's recovery: 
He's further along than I think he anticipated even, and I think the trainers, but we're still going to modify what he's doing. We have to pull him back a little bit and make sure he's 100 percent ready for training camp.
It seems that Gruden and Cofield are on the same page as Cofield had this to say: 
I'm just playing it smart. It was a wear-and-tear type of injury. It's all connected so you get nagging injuries here and there and it manifests with the surgery. It's an easy recovery. I feel good.
The bright side to Cofield's situation is that he won't be needed as much due to recent acquisition Jason Hatcher, and the improvement the Redskins have seen from Chris Baker. This allows Cofield to take his time and do his best to try to get back to 100 percent. 

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