Josh Morgan said on Wednesday that he had three surgeries after the season – one on his ankle and two more on his hands – and that he played much of the 2012 campaign in pain.
“I would say a lot,” Morgan said when asked how much he was limited by he injuries. “But we had one focus and that was winning the Super Bowl. You play through whatever you had to [in order] to get that Super Bowl trophy.”
Morgan made his comments at Margaret Brent Regional School, where he reading and delivering books to special needs students. Morgan, a native of Washington D.C., was honored last month with the Redskins’ Walter Payton Man of the Year award for community service and playing excellence.
Morgan was not on crutches and did not appear to be encumbered as he walked from classroom to classroom. But the 27-year-old acknowledged that he’s not able to run yet and that his physical activity is limited to rehabbing with Robert Griffin III, among other injured players, at Redskins Park.
“They took the plate and seven screws in my foot out,” Morgan said of the surgery on his right ankle, which he broke in 2011 as a member of the 49ers.
Although Morgan played in all 17 games in his first season with the Redskins and hauled in a team-high 48 receptions, it was clear late in the season that he was playing hurt. In fact, in the regular season finale against Dallas, he was not targeted once and struggled run and make cuts.
“Very bad,” he said about how badly his ankle was hurting against the Cowboys.
As for his hands, Morgan said he had ligaments surgically repaired in both. He hurt one hand in New Orleans and the other one in Philadelphia.
He isn’t sure when he’ll be able to start running or if he’ll be ready for OTAs in mid-May, saying his recovery schedule is up to team doctors. But he’s sure of this much: He’s going to start the 2013 season feeling a whole lot better than he did at the end of the 2012 season.
“I think it will be a lot better,” he said. “That was the whole reason for doing it right after the season, so we could rehab. I think it’s going to be a lot more fun this year, more pain free.”