After knee surgery, Randle El hopes to return in June

ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins receiver Antwaan Randle El, with crutches under both arms, said Wednesday the surgery on his right knee went as expected and that he hopes to return to the field for offseason practices next month.

Antwaan Randle El, WR
Washington Redskins
2007 Statistics
Rec: 51

Yds: 728

TDs: 1

Randle El said the knee was swollen after minicamp practice Saturday. An MRI found loose cartilage, possibly the residual effects of getting the knee banged in a couple of games last season, and he had arthroscopic surgery Monday.

"The big thing is get it done now and not have it happen during training camp," Randle El said.

Quarterback Jason Campbell tweaked his hamstring during Wednesday's practice, and running back Clinton Portis sat out with a minor hip flexor strain.

Coach Jim Zorn said Campbell's legs have been feeling the effects of practicing a more compressed stance, something the coach hopes will give the quarterback more maneuverability.

"I have him sinking down a little bit," Zorn said. "It's a change, and so I was kind of excited about it -- not that he tweaked his hamstring, but just the fact that different things are happening."

Wednesday was the last of three offseason practices that supplemented the weekend minicamp. More practices are scheduled from June 2-12, with training camp starting in late July.

Notes: Zorn said LB Rocky McIntosh (major knee surgery) remains on pace to be ready for training camp.

Former Redskins greats Art Monk and Darrell Green, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame later this year, announced a multi-city tour to raise money for their respective charitable foundations, both of which specialize in helping underprivileged youth. The "Route 281" tour (Green wore jersey No. 28; Monk had No. 81) will culminate with a grand gala in the Washington area on Sept. 6.

"We're not just a couple of nice guys," Green said. "My heart's desire is to see lives changed."

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

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