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Wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe recovering from torn labrum

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Injured wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe said earlier this week he’s trying to remain positive despite sustaining a season-ending shoulder injury during the preseason.

Briscoe tore the labrum in his right shoulder in the Redskins’ final preseason game – a victory over his former team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After gaining 66 yards on a screen pass on the Redskins’ first drive, Briscoe landed awkwardly following a 9-yard gain on the first play of the second drive and left the game.

The Redskins waived Briscoe with an injury designation when rosters were finalized on Aug. 31, and when he went unclaimed on waivers, he reverted to injured reserve. He underwent surgery to repair the tear in mid-September, with Dallas Cowboys team physician Dan Cooper, a shoulder and knee specialist, performing the operation.

“It’s very frustrating,” Briscoe said. “You know, I felt like making the team was a priority, and I felt like I had put together a pretty good preseason, so I felt kind of confident that coming into the season, I was gonna make the team and contribute, whether it was on special teams or on offense.”

Three other Redskins players have torn a labrum in the past 12 months: cornerback Josh Wilson, while wide receiver Pierre Garçon and rookie running back Chris Thompson. After surgery, recovery typically lasts six to eight months.

Briscoe had just one catch for one yard last year with the Redskins, who claimed him off waivers early in training camp when he was cut by the Buccaneers. He had 35 catches for 387 yards and a team-high six touchdowns for Tampa Bay in 2011.

In the final season of his four-year rookie contract, Briscoe won’t be able to earn a new deal on the basis of his performance.

“All I can do is basically just get my shoulder the way it’s supposed to be, make sure I’m in the right shape and condition when I come back and just do what I’ve been doing – just make plays when the opportunity’s given,” Briscoe said.

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