Injury will cost Hankerson valuable experience

Injury will cost Hankerson valuable experience
November 14, 2011, 9:59 pm
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With the playoffs only a faint mathematical hope, the only interest the Redskins hold for many is to watch the development of some of the promising young players on the team.Those folks now have one fewer reason to be interested as Mike Shanahan announced today that Leonard Hankerson will be placed on injured reserve, ending his season.The injury, a torn labrum after his hip subluxed (popped out of joint and went back in), ended his breakout game. Hankerson went down awkwardly as he was making his eighth catch of the game and the reception put him at 106 yards for the game.Shanahan estimated that the recovery would take about four months, although it is too early in the process to know for sure. One thing that will determine his rehab time is whether the injury requires surgery, and that wont be determined for a while.A four-month rehab would have him ready in mid-March. OTAs and minicamps wont start for a month or more after that so the chances seem to be good that Hankerson will be ready to participate. He and the other rookies did not have the benefit of offseason activities prior to this season due to the NFL lockout.But that will be no replacement for the seven games of full-speed, full-contact NFL game action that Hankerson will be missing this year. That, of course, is the major downside of this injury.Hankerson had played the lions share of the snaps over the past two games and, as always, one players loss can be another players gain in the NFL. It appears that the immediate beneficiary could be Anthony Armstrong. He has been getting only occasional action the last couple of weeks and his workload could increase to fill the void created by Hankersons loss. There also could be more developmental focus placed on rookie wide receiver Niles Paul once he returns from a toe injury, which should be in a week or two.