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No Lingering Injuries Expected As Redskins Close Offseason Workouts
ASHBURN – Chris Cooley was limited to positional drills on Wednesday, but head coach Mike Shanahan said the tight end had a hamstring injury – not a setback related to his left knee.
Cooley missed all but five games last season with inflammation in the knee, owing back to a meniscus tear he sustained in 2005 but was aggravated during the 2010 season.
“The great part about it is the knee has responded 100 percent,” Shanahan said. “He’s had no swelling. The knee has not been drained. He has had no side effects, no treatment, so that’s been a plus. Any time you go full speed, especially running routes, it’s not unusual for guys to have a setback here and there, but his was very minor.”
Approximately a dozen players were either nursing injuries or healing from existing ones this week, but Shanahan said every player should be ready for training camp.
That includes receiver Leonard Hankerson, who has been limited by a right hip injury that was originally sustained during the season. Hankerson, who is in the mix to be one of the Redskins’ starters, could have practiced at full speed, but Shanahan said the team saw no urgency in having him do so.
“I’m glad we didn’t try to push him or overwork him or we could set him back, but I hope that over the next five or six weeks, he’ll just be getting better and better,” Shanahan said.
Cornerback Josh Wilson (thigh), running backs Roy Helu (hamstring), Evan Royster (hamstring/groin) and Tristan Davis (left knee), linebacker Jonathan Goff (torn right ACL), left guard Kory Lichtensteiger (torn ligaments in right knee) and defensive end Kentwan Balmer (ankle) also sat out of practice Wednesday.
Others who missed portions of organized workouts because of injury include defensive ends Stephen Bowen (left knee surgery) and Adam Carriker (blisters), running back Tim Hightower (torn left ACL), receiver Josh Morgan (right leg) and outside linebacker Brian Orakpo (left shoulder surgery).