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It's a given, injuries take a toll as the NFL season progresses. The 3-7 Washington Redskins are no exception.
Wide receiver Leonard Hankerson had surgery on Thursday to repair torn lateral collateral and anterior cruciate ligaments in his left knee – an injury that ocurred during the second quarter of Sunday’s 24-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
He will not return this season. According to Coach Mike Shannahan, Hankerson's rehabilitation program is expected to last seven to nine months -- a very realistic timetable that could have Hankerson back for the start of the 2014 training camp.
Tight end Jordan Reed sat out consecutive practices this week after sustaining a head injury last Sunday and has yet to pass a concussion test. Reed is subject to the NFL’s procedures for treating players who suffer concussions and must be cleared by an independent neurologist to practice and play.
Reed's situation is bit more sensitive, given the fact that he suffered a concussion 13 months ago while playing at the University of Florida. It's unlikely that he will suit up on Monday when the Redskins host the San Francisco during Monday Night Football.
Defensive end Adam Carriker will attempt to practice after ongoing issues with a quadriceps tendon tear and surgery earlier this season.
Only time will tell how Carriker responds. The Redskins have a 21-day window to evaluate his progress and determine whether to activate him, place him on season-ending injured reserve or release him.
Carriker restructured his deal with the Redskins during the offseason, but remains under contract through the 2015 season.