Washington Redskins wide receiver Leonard Hankerson had surgery today (Thursday) to repair a torn LCL in his left knee. The injury was suffered this past week in the game against the Philadelphia Eagles. While they were repairing the LCL, they found damage to his ACL which was also fixed. The surgeons called the procedure a success and have called for a 7-9 month recover time.
If he can recover quickly, he could be ready for training camp on time. The question will be how much he can trust the knee and whether it will take some of all of next season to really get past. Hankerson caught 30 passes this season and 10 of those were completed in the two games previous to the game against the Eagles on just 11 targets.
The Redskins are hoping that Hankerson can come back full strength and pick up where he left off at the time of the injury. If he can, he has a chance to be the #2 receiver across from Pierrce Garcon for Robert Griffin III. If not, the Redskins are going to have to try to find help elsewhere to improve their offensive execution, which has been problematic at times this season. The 3-7 Redskins host the San Francisco 49ers this week