Redskins go into workouts in relatively good health

Redskins go into workouts in relatively good health
April 9, 2014, 11:00 am
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The Redskins have cranked up their offseason workouts and attendance was, according to Barry Cofield, “nearly perfect”.

Something else that needs to be noted that is much more important is the fact that the Redskins’ health also is nearly perfect. All 22 starters and most key reserves should be able to participate fully in the offseason program.

On the offensive side of the ball, tight end Jordan Reed has been cleared after missing the last six games of the season with a concussion.

A year ago two of the top three receivers, Pierre Garçon and Josh Morgan, were coming off of surgery. Starting tight end Fred Davis was a spectator as he recovered from a torn Achilles tendon and when Reed arrived via the draft he was sidelined with a lingering knee problem.

And then there is the quarterback’s health. Last year Robert Griffin III was reduced to throwing on the side as he rehabbed his reconstructed right knee. This year he has already held a passing camp in Arizona and is leading the way in sprints during workouts.

The notable absence from offseason work will be wide receiver Leonard Hankerson, who is unlikely to participate in anything before training camp. As of now he is the fourth receiver after the team signed DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts.

A year ago on defense Brandon Meriweather was limited as he was still recovering from an ACL tear he suffered the previous November. He is back and healthy this year.

This year some reserves who are supposed to play key roles in 2014 have recovered from 2013 injuries and will get a shot at taking advantage of opportunities. Inside linebacker Keenan Robinson and safety Phillip Thomas have been cleared after suffering season-ending injuries in August.

The Redskins are not 100 percent healthy. Defensive end Stephen Bowen is still recovering from microfracture surgery and, as noted, Hankerson is on the shelf as well. The status of Richard Crawford, who will be in the mix to be a punt returner and reserve cornerback, is up in the air after a knee injury he suffered in the preseason. But when they can start running plays in a few weeks they should be able to do so with all of their anticipated starters participating.