Despite the fact that about a dozen players watched what turned out to be the last practice of the Redskins’ minicamp on Wednesday with an assortment of injuries, none of them are expected to linger into training camp, which will start around July 26.
Mike Shanahan indicated that the player about whom there was the most concern, Leonard Hankerson, could have fully participated in minicamp.
“He’ll be able to go Day One of camp,” he said when asked about Hankerson. ‘[W]e could push him in this minicamp. He was doing drill work. The last couple of days you could see the routes that he ran were full-speed. I’m glad we didn’t try to push him or overwork him because I thought we could set him back. Hopefully, over the next five-six weeks, he’ll just be getting better and better.”
The second-year wide receiver had his rookie season cut short when he suffered a hip injury in Week 10. After trying to rehab the injury for a few months, the doctors decided that surgery was needed and the procedure was done in February.
Hankerson has been participating in some drills, running patterns and catching passes from Robert Griffin III and the other quarterbacks. But when things got more serious and they line up to run plays 11 on 11, Hankerson became a spectator.
“It’s been every tough emotionally, I want to be out there but I can’t,” he said after Wednesday’s practice. “It was very tough for me to sit on the sideline knowing that the next practice is six weeks from now, very frustrating.
“I want to be out there.”
Hankerson understands why he has been sidelined even though he is physically able to go and he is trying to make the best of it. He says it’s a matter of attitude.
“It depends on you. You can get down, go in the tank, and learn nothing, he said. “Or you can watch the guys, you can go in the meeting room, listen and learn, break down the notes, stuff like that.
“You can learn a whole lot sitting on the sideline and seeing what the other guys do.”