LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — For the second time in his three NFL seasons, Leonard Hankerson’s year has been cut short by injury.
Last week, surgeons working on the Washington Redskins receiver discovered a torn ACL while working to repair an LCL damaged during a Week 11 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Hankerson has been placed on season-ending injury reserve with an estimated 7-9 month recovery period. Under such a timetable, Hankerson is forecast to return sometime between late June and late August and will be a player to watch as training camp nears.
Much like Robert Griffin III and Adrian Peterson have shown in each of the two previous seasons, the prognosis is that the Miami-product is “highly likely” be ready for 2014 season barring setbacks, according to sports injury expert Dr. Ray Solano.
“The rehab has been really been accelerated,” Solano said on 106.7 The Fan. “It’s a very realistic timetable.”
Solano says Hankerson’s age, 24, will also factor positively in the length of his recovery.
As a rookie in 2011, Hankerson suffered a torn hip labrum while playing against the Miami Dolphins in early November. It was his second game in a starting role.
Could he be injury prone?
“If this were another hip labrum injury then we could probably lean toward that,” said Solano. “(The latest injury) just unfortunately happened two years after his original injury.”
During the interview, Solano also explained the difference between the damaged PCL Stephen Bowen is playing with in his knee and the ACL and LCL tears that required Hankerson to undergo surgery.
Click ‘play’ below to listen to the entire interview.