Just three weeks after Leonard Hankerson made his NFL debut, the rookie wide receiver’s inaugural NFL season has ended.
Hankerson suffered a hip subluxation and a torn labrum in the fourth quarter of the Redskins’ 20-9 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The first-year receiver sustained the injury while being tackled after hauling in his eight reception of the game, a career high. Hankerson was targeted nine times on Sunday, catching eight passes for 106 yards in a breakthrough performance.
Head coach Mike Shanahan provided an update on the 2011 third-round pick’s status on Monday afternoon.
“He played a great game and he’s got a big upside,” Shanahan said. “I like the way he handles himself, the way he works. It’s a setback for him. He was devastated when he found out but he’ll work through it.”
Shanahan said repairing the labrum tear and the subluxation — a dislocation that pops back into place on its own — will take Hankerson approximately four months. It isn’t yet known if Hankerson will need to surgically repair his hip.
“You could see a guy that kind of grew up to be a pro player,” Shanahan said about Hankerson’s development over the past several weeks. “He took things a lot more serious. The way he practiced on a day-to-day basis you could see a light go on. You could see his competitiveness running the scout team against our players. Which gave him in opportunity to eventually start.”
Hankerson’s 100-yard receiving game was the first by a Redskins wideout all season. It was also the first 100-yard receiving game by a Redskins’ rookie wide receiver in 10 years. The former University of Miami star was playing in front of 50 family members and friends in a homecoming performance that saw him targeted nine times.
The 79th pick in April’s draft, Hankerson debuted for the Redskins three weeks ago. He caught his first NFL pass two weeks ago. He earned his first start last week. Then, he played like a star on Sunday.
Now he’ll be on the sideline cheering on his teammates for the remainder of the 2011 season.