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Hankerson: "I'm ready"


Hankerson: "I'm ready"

Leonard Hankerson said his recovery from hip surgery remains on target and that hes anxiously awaiting his return to the field next week at Redskins Park.

Right now, Im feeling pretty good, the second-year receiver said at Brian Orakpos youth football camp in Fairfax. Ive been in the training room this whole off-season, working out, working on my hip, doing little things to get me prepared for next Wednesday.

Veterans report to Ashburn on Wednesday; the first practice of training camp is Thursday.

I cant wait to get out there and get going and see how it goes for me, added Hankerson, who, if healthy, could be another weapon for an improved receiving corps that includes veterans Pierre Garcon, Josh Morgan and Santana Moss.

Hankerson showed flashes of promise last season he had eight receptions for 108 yards at Miami in November before a torn labrum in his right hip ended his season. In four games, the 23-year old notched 13 catches for 163 yards and no touchdowns.

Hankerson underwent surgery in February, but was withheld from last months mini camp for precautionary reasons.

The surgery impacted me a little bit because I missed all of the off-season program with my teammates, Hankerson said. I wanted to be out there working with them guys, but I couldnt because of the injury. I was a little disappointed, but it didnt stop me. I kept working, stayed focused doing the little things I had to get done. Im ready.

Hankerson said he has yet to be on the receiving end of a pass from rookie Robert Griffin III. But the wait, he added with a smile, will end soon enough.

Ive talked to him a couple of times, Hankerson said. Hes there now, so Im going to get back over there and go workout with him. Were going to have a lot of fun.

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Stephen A. Smith mocks Redskins again after loss to Lions

Stephen A. Smith mocks Redskins again after loss to Lions

By Jason Dobkin (@jasondobkin)

Stephen A. Smith mocked the Redskins on ESPN First Take on Monday after their loss to the Lions Sunday, continuing the back-and-forth between the team and the television personality.

He told the Redskins "bravo again" for losing the close game that apparently was enough to prove the point he made last week on the show that the Redskins had a loser's mentality and were "inept" and "nonexistent." Smith loudly took issue with Chris Baker's and Ricky-Jean Francois' declaration that the Redskins "run the East," saying they need to be focusing on the big picture.

Baker tweeted at him the next day, demanding respect, and Smith stuck to his guns the next day on First Take. 

On Monday, Smith mocked Jay Gruden for defending his team at a press conference, where he said Smith was "out of line" for his comments and that he didn't know anything about who the Redskins were or the work they put in.

"And of course there’s the great Jay Gruden, because we know he’s great just by his name alone," Smith said. "Let’s be clear about that. We know that he’s great, [because he] takes time out of his busy schedule to comment about me."

"Who gives a damn about hard work?" he went on to say. "It's about results."

Baker held back from engaging with Smith on Twitter this time.

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Redskins injury report: Team will monitor Williams, Scherff

Redskins injury report: Team will monitor Williams, Scherff

While the Redskins are not yet out of the woods regarding Trent Williams’ knee injury, the news sounds better than Williams looked after the game on Sunday.

Jay Gruden confirmed an earlier report that an MRI revealed no structural damage to the left knee of the Pro Bowl left tackle. He went down near the end of the Redskins’ 20-17 loss to the Lions and he needed assistance to get back to the locker room. After talking to the press, he had a decided limp as he walked to the team bus.

“That’s [the MRI results] good news, but we have to still monitor him during the week and see how he does,” said Gruden.

Guard Brandon Scherff left the game briefly after suffering a sprained AC joint in his shoulder. “He’s sore,” said Gruden. “He’s a tough sucker, but he’s sore.”

Scherff will be monitored in practice as well.

Gruden also said that cornerback Bashaud Breeland is sore after suffering a sprained ankle. He missed two games with a right ankle injury earlier this season but Gruden said that his injury is to his left ankle.