Leonard Hankerson: Why Receiver's Illness Is Nothing to Worry About

Zach KruseSenior Analyst IOctober 20, 2012

Oct 30, 2011; Toronto, ON, Canada; Washington Redskins wide receiver Leonard Hankerson (85) and some teammates step onto the filed to start warm up prior to a game against the Buffalo Bills at the Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Luc Leclerc-US PRESSWIRE

The Washington Redskins have placed receiver Leonard Hankerson on the injury list with an undisclosed illness, but Redskins fans and fantasy owners shouldn't fret: Hankerson is probable and likely to play Sunday.

Rich Campbell of the Washington Times reported the presence of Hankerson on the injury report Saturday morning.

Redskins add WR Leonard Hankerson (illness, probable) to their injury report.

— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) October 20, 2012


Hankerson's addition to the injury report is significant because the Redskins continue to be without the services of starting receiver Pierre Garcon. 

Signed in the offseason to be the Redskins No. 1 receiver, Garcon is doubtful to play Sunday against the New York Giants because of a lingering foot injury. Garcon has played in only three games this season. 

With Garcon out, Hankerson has assumed a starting role outside opposite Josh Morgan, with veteran Santana Moss holding down the slot duties. 

Unless the undisclosed illness gets worse over the next 24 hours, Hankerson should once again be the starter at 'X' receiver Sunday. Fantasy owners planning on starting or picking up Hankerson for Week 7 shouldn't have much to worry about.

However, Hankerson's recent production as the starter hasn't exactly replaced what Garcon brought early this season. 

Over the last two weeks, Hankerson has just three catches on four targets for 26 yards and zero touchdowns. In his first three weeks taking over for Garcon, Hankerson caught 13 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown. 

In most fantasy formats and leagues, Hankerson is a risky start.

The Redskins will just be glad not to be missing another part of their receiving group Sunday.

Keep a watchful eye on this situation as it develops Sunday morning, but Hankerson should be fine to start against the Giants. His inclusion on the injury report is likely nothing more than a formality.