LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 04: Chris Cooley #47 of the Washington Redskins watches a game against the New York Jets at FedExField on December 4, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
With training camp upon us in less than a week, let's take a look at the team's injury situation. Here's a position-by-position breakdown of who's still on the mend.
RB Tim Hightower — Hightower tore his ACL in week five last season. He was limited in OTAs after ligament reconstruction surgery, meaning he participated in position drills, but observed 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 segments of practice. Full-season durability concerns here.
RB Tristan Davis — Davis will begin the preseason on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list. Though he suffered a minor knee injury during minicamp, it's unknown if his PUP listing is related. He wasn't expected to make major contributions coming off the practice squad.
TE Chris Cooley — A balky knee limited Cooley to a career-low eight catches in five games last season. It had to be drained 15 times, which NFL.com notes is once for every 11.6 snaps played. Though he's had no knee swelling or setbacks so far this offseason, the fan favorite just turned 30, is admittedly slower, and suffered both a groin pull and a hamstring strain in the last two months. Draw your own conclusions.
WR Leonard Hankerson — Hip surgery cut short Hank's 2011 campaign, but his rehab has been progressing. He was limited in OTAs as a precaution (position drills, no contact) and likely won't be at full speed by the start of camp, no matter what he says on Twitter.
Update from Steve: WR Josh Morgan — A broken leg suffered in week five last season was compounded by related ligament damage. As of this offseason, Morgan was limited and did not participate fully in minicamp. The Washington Times reported that he's lost explosiveness and five inches off his vertical leap, but that x-rays show the bone healing as it should. He's expected to be back to form for camp, but that remains to be seen.
OT Jammal Brown — Brown had hip surgery in 2008. He still hasn't returned to his original form. That means the hip has been screwed up longer than Barack Obama has been president. Everyone cross your fingers?
G/C Kory Lichtensteiger — 2011 campaign ended with a torn ACL, MCL, and meniscus, requiring surgery on October 25. While Lichtensteiger wasn't cleared for 11-on-11 practice, Kyle Shanahan has voiced confidence that he will be at full speed for training camp and return to his starting form.
DE Stephen Bowen — An injured PCL required arthroscopic knee surgery in April that limited Bowen in OTAs. All accounts indicate Bowen will be ready to go next week.
LB Brian Orakpo — January shoulder surgery to repair a pectoral injury led coaches to limit Orakpo in OTAs. Though he insisted he was ready to play in May, coaches held him out of contact portions of practice. He told CSN this week that he "should be a full-go" to start training camp. We'll see if coaches agree.
CB Chase Minnifield — Microfracture surgery on Minnfield's right knee less than a year ago led teams to pass him up in the draft. The undrafted rookie participated fully and impressed Redskins coaches in minicamp, but the team won't take any chances with a knee that slowed him significantly. He'll begin the preseason on the PUP list.
CB Josh Wilson — A minor thigh injury in an OTA practice kept Wilson from participating in minicamp. He should be fully healed and ready to go for the start of camp.
FS Tanard Jackson — Jackson blamed last season's poor tackling on trying to play with a torn rotator cuff, which he underwent surgery to repair in January. The Bucs released him after a failed physical in April. He was limited in early OTAs with the Redskins, but nothing indicates he won't be 100% next week.
Lemme know if I missed anyone.