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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Redskins Injury Update: Leonard Hankerson likely to open the season as a reserve

By on 8/07/2014 12:30:00 PM

The Washington Redskins added wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts this offseason, which pushed Leonard Hankerson down the depth chart even if he was 100 percent healthy. But a left knee injury (torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments) that ended his 2013 season put the fourth-year receiver even more behind the eight-ball entering the season.

Hankerson may start the season on the physically unable to perform list, and his ultimate role once he is healthy enough to suit up remains a question with the depth the Redskins have at wide receiver.

With Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Roberts, Aldrick Robinson, Ryan Grant and Santana Moss either locked into roles or battling for roster spots, the Redskins can afford to take things slowly with Hankerson, who is approaching nine months post-surgery.

If he opens the season on the PUP list, which looks fairly certain barring a dramatic change over the next few weeks, Hankerson can be activated after six weeks. At that point the Redskins' situation at wide receiver could be different, so stashing Hankerson on the PUP list while he gets back to full strength is a low-risk move that will be worthwhile if needed.

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