Receiver Leonard Hankerson hopes his surgically-repaired right hip is healthy enough for him to participate in the team’s four-day minicamp that begins June 11.
“I’m feeling good, getting better each and every day,” Hankerson said at The Leukemia Golf Classic on Monday in Potomac Falls, Va. “I’m not quite there yet, but I’m looking forward to being there in a couple weeks.”
Hankerson tore the labrum in his hip when the joint popped out and back in when he was tackled late in a loss to the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 13. He did not have surgery until late February because doctors wanted first to see if the hip would heal without a procedure.
Coach Mike Shanahan has spoken highly of Hankerson this offseason after he had 13 catches for 163 yards in four games (two starts) in 2011.
Coaches expect the second-year receiver out of the University of Miami to be one of their top playmakers, and he could compete with free-agent acquisition Josh Morgan for a starting spot.
For now, Hankerson is aching just to get back on the field.
“Any competitor wants to go out there and compete, wants to be out there with the guys running plays, running routes,” he said. “I want to be out there.”