Sep 15, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Leonard Hankerson (85) rushes with the ball after catching a pass during the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 38-20. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Redskins Leonard Hankerson to injured reserve with torn LCL

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The Washington Redskins have announced that wide receiver Leonard Hankerson is done for the year with a torn LCL in his left knee that will require surgery.  Hankerson was placed on injured reserve from the injury that happened in the first quarter of the game against the Philadelphia Eagles this past Monday, which the Redskins lost.

This year, little has gone well in Washington but Hankerson started showing some ability to be a contributor.  While he needs to show more going forward, Hankerson had become the second receiver on the Redskins and had 30 catches for 375 yards and 3 touchdowns with 5 catches over 20 yards.

The timing of the injury is particularly frustrating as Hankerson was coming off back to back games with 5 catches each and only one target that did not result in a catch.  Hankerson also averaged 11.6 yards per catch.  How he recovers from the surgery will be important but the Redskins hoped what Hankerson was showing them can be something they can get in 2014 on a consistent basis.  The Redskins are just 3-7 and it does not get any easier as they prepare to host the San Francisco 49ers this week.

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