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Leonard Hankerson, Joshua Morgan Experience Heat Illness

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

(Originally posted 8/14/12, 2:36 p.m.; Updated 8/14/12, 4:17 p.m.)

ASHBURN – Receivers Leonard Hankerson and Joshua Morgan each left Washington Redskins practice Tuesday afternoon with what head coach Mike Shanahan said was a heat-related illness.

Hankerson

Hankerson was participating in team drills midway through the team’s practice when he staggered to the sideline and took a knee in front of a golf cart. Athletic trainers immediately helped him onto the back of the cart, removed his jersey and shoulder pads and put a towel on his head before taking him to the team’s facility.

Morgan was also taken from the field to the team’s facility at the end of practice. He was hunched over in the front seat and helped into the building.

Shanahan said Hankerson received three liters of intravenous fluids and believed Morgan would be treated by the athletic training staff in a similar manner.

The team has been holding its two-hour practices in the afternoon as opposed to the morning, which it has done in each of the past two years.

“It’s really worked out pretty good except for that first day [of training camp], when it was about 104, 105 [degrees],” Shanahan said. “That was the only day that it seemed like it was extremely hot. For some reason, today seemed a little hotter than most days. I’m not sure what it was – the humidity, or maybe a little bit of a lack of wind. It did seem a little hotter, but the guys worked through it and it felt like a good day.”

Heat-related illnesses have been at a minimum through training camp, but Shanahan said he’s not surprised they have happened.

“Not if you see them practice,” Shanahan said. “It’s like a game situation. You see somebody going through 75, 80 plays – that’s why you do have camp, so you can put them through these situations so they’re ready for the game.”

Hankerson and Morgan have both been sharing time as the team’s top Z receiver through training camp. Hankerson, in his second season, worked with the starters and caught one pass for 12 yards in the Redskins’ 7-6 victory at Buffalo in the preseason opener Thursday, while Morgan played with the second team and caught four passes for 49 yards.

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