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Third-Year Duo Facing New Challenge

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 10, 2013 – 4:16 pm


It’s the worst possible news a player can receive—you’ve been placed on Injured Reserve.

Sandwiched between talk of his future and who will be under center this weekend in Atlanta, Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan announced yesterday that third-year running back Evan Royster was being shelved on IR after suffering a high ankle sprain.

With Week 17 confirmed as the last game of the season—only three weeks away–Shanahan said Royster’s recovery wouldn’t complete until after the regular season window closed.

The former Penn State star isn’t the only third-year Redskin that will be battle the tough road of recovery so many athletes face daily this offseason. Just three weeks prior to Royster’s painful injury, Shanahan announced that Leonard Hankerson was going under the knife for ACL—and later discovered LCL—surgery.

Together the 2011 draft classmates are vowing to return better than ever.

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Hankerson Rehabs, Hiding In Plain Sight

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 11, 2012 – 11:26 am

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One of the enduring features of the Washington Redskins, is that many of the players stay in the area during the offseason and continue to live amongst the fans.  This is especially important for injured players, who benefit from being close to the trainers and team doctors at the team facilities.

They can also enjoy some of the finer things that the great Washington metropolitan area have to offer with their time off.

Take for example rookie receiver Leonard Hankerson, the team’s third round pick in last April’s draft, taken No. 79 overall.  The team has high hopes for the Godzilla-handed young man, and rightly so after his breakout eight-reception, 106-yard performance in Miami.

His season was tragically ended following that eighth reception, when he tore his hip labrum, landing him on injured reserve.  But following a procedure to fix the hip, Hankerson has been a familiar face at the facilities, and looks to make a full recovery:

In his down time, Hankerson has been amusing himself with Washington Wizards NBA basketball, embracing the team of his new city:

As anyone who follows the Wizards knows, this season has been difficult for fans, but Hankerson continues to be supportive. Last night, excited for a matchup against the Toronto Raptors, Hankerson took his dining experience to Velocity Five Sports Restaurant in Landsdowne, Va.:

It was there that Hankerson encountered a local Redskins fan that did not recognize his team’s top receiver prospect out of uniform: Read more »

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