Randle El Has Surgery
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Starting wide receiver Antwaan Randle El underwent arthroscopic knee surgery yesterday and is expected to return for the Washington Redskins' second session of organized team activities that start in June, Coach Jim Zorn said.
Randle El, who sat out the start of OTAs on Monday because of his knee injury, had what Zorn described as a "fairly minor" procedure to remove floating cartilage in his knee. If there are no complications from the surgery, Randle El should be fully recovered in a few weeks, Zorn said.
The last of this week's three OTAs, which are closed to the public, is scheduled today at Redskins Park. The OTAs, of which there are 11 scheduled, resume June 2. Randle El could take part in the final eight.
"He'll be here for the next set of OTAs," said Zorn, who did not mention Randle El's upcoming surgery in his daily meeting with reporters Monday.
"This should be a three- to four-week deal, I think. I haven't heard any report. This is just what the preliminary thoughts were when they went it."
During last weekend's minicamp, Randle El expressed his excitement about "the freedom" he felt in the West Coast offense Zorn is installing. "There are just a lot of options," Randle El said. "You run to get open and the quarterback plays off of you. The passing game, the offense, is up tempo. He [Zorn] wants to get in and out of the huddle, get to the ball and get moving."
Zorn could not point to a specific play in minicamp, or during the team's voluntary workout program that began in March, in which Randle El's knee injury occurred. "Sometimes those things are just in there and then they create irritation," Zorn said. "They [the team medical staff] noticed some swelling. They gave him an MRI that showed that there was just a little piece of cartilage floating in there. They go in there, suck it out and then get on with it."
In 15 games last season, Randle El, the Redskins' No. 2 receiver behind Santana Moss, had 51 receptions for 728 yards (a 14.3-yard average) and one touchdown. In his first season with the team in 2006, Randle El played in 16 games and had 32 catches for 351 yards (an 11.0-yard average) and scored three touchdowns.
Also the Redskins' primary punt returner, Randle El had a 6.1-yard average on 34 returns last season. He did not score a touchdown.
"I think everybody is pretty excited about Jim's offense and what he wants to do," Randle El said during minicamp. "We definitely feel like we have the right people to get it done, we just have to have everyone healthy and ready to go."
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