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Joshua Morgan Returns To Practice Monday Afternoon

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

(Originally posted 8/6/12, 12:37 p.m.; Updated 8/6/12, 10:25 p.m.)

ASHBURN – After missing a week with a pulled left hamstring, Joshua Morgan returned to the Washington Redskins’ practice Monday afternoon.

Morgan originally sustained the injury in practice on July 30 and had been held out of activity for a week. The receiver participated in the Redskins’ morning walkthrough and spoke with athletic trainers beforehand to make sure he would be able to practice.

“We’re just gonna keep taking it slow, keep following what the trainers and say and what coach is telling me to do,” Morgan said. “We’re just gonna take it one day at a time.”

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Morgan, a Washington native who played at Virginia Tech, signed what is essentially a two-year, $12 million contract in March after spending his first four seasons in San Francisco.

He broke his lower right leg and ankle on Oct. 9 and was limited through the Redskins’ offseason workouts, but was medically cleared by team doctors to practice when training camp opened nearly two weeks ago.

Morgan said the ankle “feels normal,” and athletic trainers have told him it didn’t appear to be restricting his stride any way before he injured the hamstring. He had been working at the Z receiver spot in front of Leonard Hankerson over the first three days of practice.

That was the case again Monday, and as the Redskins’ second team embarked on a two-minute drill with 1:15 left and the team starting with one timeout near its own 40-yard line, he jumped and hauled in a pass from quarterback Kirk Cousins on the left sideline.

“I’ve been patient, you know, with the training staff and coach Ike Hilliard and everybody,” Morgan said. “It should be frustrating. It would be frustrating for most, but I’ve got great teammates and everything and everybody’s been doing a great job of keeping me focused and keeping my mind right.”

Morgan caught 15 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown through the first five games of last season. He played in all 16 games the previous two seasons, and in 2010, he had 44 catches for 698 yards and two touchdowns.

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