Four miss practice; Carriker a long shot

ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins have encountered many issues this season. Health has not been one of them. But, Wednesday, four players did not practice because of injuries. Keep in mind, though, that they have an extra day of preparation because they don’t play again until Monday night.

The Redskins also suffered their first loss of a starting player as receiver Leonard Hankerson will miss the rest of the season after tearing his lateral collateral ligament in his left knee.

The four players who did not practice: tight end Jordan Reed (concussion), defensive end Stephen Bowen (knee), corner Josh Wilson (toe) and safety Jose Gumbs (ankle). Corner E.J. Biggers (knee) was a full participant.

Also, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said defensive end Adam Carriker is a long shot to return this season, something they’ve felt all along. Carriker was left on the physically unable to perform list and designated as “returned to practice.” The Redskins have 21 days to either put him on injured reserve or activate him.

Carriker has had three surgeries on his quad/tendon, a situation that likely would have ended the career of other players. The Redskins have stuck with Carriker because of how hard he works.

“I do believe in miracles,” Shanahan said of Carriker.