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Friday, June 13, 2014
Injury updates: Cofield, Hankerson

By John Keim

An update on two injured Redskins: receiver Leonard Hankerson and nose tackle Barry Cofield:

1. Still no idea when Hankerson will return. And I doubt there will be a better idea next week.
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That's why when asked if he has any indication Hankerson will be ready for camp, Redskins coach Jay Gruden said, “None whatsoever.”

Meanwhile, Hankerson said, “I'm feeling pretty good right now, out here moving around a whole lot more. Probably got a couple months to go. Should be good by training camp, but you never know.”

The Redskins don't need Hankerson to rush back after tearing his ACL and LCL last season. It's not just about the starters, but they at least have experienced backups in Santana Moss and Aldrick Robinson.

Hankerson looked to be running better than he did two weeks ago. This past week he was able to run some routes off to the side. But he was certainly not running them at 100 percent speed (nor should he be). This is a big year for Hankerson, who will be a free agent next offseason. The first thing he must do to get any sort of deal is prove he's healthy.

2. Meanwhile, Cofield, who underwent hernia surgery, participated more this week than a week ago. He was still held out of full-team drills, but he did work before that point. During the team drills, he performed some agility work off to the side. Cofield won't be a full participant until training camp.
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“He's further along than I think he anticipated even, and I think the trainers,” Gruden said. “But we're still going to modify what he's doing. We have to pull him back a little bit and make sure he's 100 percent ready for training camp.”

Cofield shares that thinking.

“I'm just playing it smart,” Cofield said. “It was a wear-and-tear type of injury. It's all connected so you get nagging injuries here and there and it manifests with the surgery. It's an easy recovery. I feel good.”

The good news for Cofield is that he might not be needed on quite as many plays as the past couple of years with the increased depth on the line. Not just the addition of Jason Hatcher, but the continued improvement of Chris Baker.

That depth is important for an aging line, with potentially four players this season being at least 30 years old: Cofield, Hatcher, Stephen Bowen and Kedric Golston. Two of them will be coming off surgery, too. (Bowen had microfracture surgery on his knee.) They could use more production from Jarvis Jenkins.