Jason Hatcher Injury: Updates on Redskins DE's Knee and Recovery

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJuly 23, 2014

Washington Redskins defensive end Jason Hatcher walks on the field during NFL football minicamp, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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Updates from Sunday, Sept. 7

The Redskins confirmed Jason Hatcher is active for Sunday's opener:



Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 20

Todd Dybas of the Washington Times reported on Jason Hatcher's return to the Redskins:

Mike Jones of the Washington Post passed along comments from Hatcher:

Head coach Jay Gruden also spoke about Hatcher returning to the lineup:


Updates from Friday, Aug. 15

Dianna Marie Russini of NBC 4 in Washington has the latest news on Jason Hatcher:

Updates from Saturday, Aug. 9

Zac Boyer of The Washington Times updates Jason Hatcher's status:

Hatcher later spoke about his recovery (via the Redskins and Mike Jones of The Washington Post):

Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 6

Brian McNally of 106.7 The Fan provides an update on Jason Hatcher's projected return date from Redskins coach Jay Gruden:

Updates from Monday, Aug. 4

Zac Boyer of The Washington Times talked to Jay Gruden about Jason Hatcher's timetable for a return:

Updates from Wednesday, July 30

Dianna Marie Russini of NBC News 4 in Washington spoke to Jason Hatcher about his recovery:

Updates from Thursday, July 24

Jason Hatcher spoke about his health with Tarik El-Bashir of CSN Washington:

“I want to get back on the field, but I know I’ve got take precaution,” Hatcher said after working off to the side with the other rehabbing players. “It’s progressing pretty quickly. The trainers got a great game plan, so I’m just going to stick with it. Whenever they say I’m ready to go, I’m back on the field.”


“I feel like I’m ahead of schedule,” said Hatcher, who originally given a 4-6 week recovery timeframe. “But you really have to give these things time to heal. I feel great right now. I move well. I got to cutting today and my speed is back. It’s one of those things that you jut have to take your time with so you’re ready for the season.”

Original Text

The Washington Redskins are starting their training camp without defensive end Jason Hatcher, who is still recovering from knee surgery.     

According to ESPN Radio 980 in Washington D.C., Hatcher is one of two defensive linemen placed on the preseason physically unable to perform list:

Washington signed Hatcher away from the NFC East rival Dallas Cowboys during the offseason. The 32-year-old agreed to a four-year, $27.5 million contract in March. His game took off when the Cowboys moved him to a defensive tackle in the 4-3 scheme, leading to a career-high 11 sacks in 2013-14. 

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 24:  Jason Hatcher #97 of the Dallas Cowboys sacks  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants during their game at MetLife Stadium on November 24, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Signing with Washington was a huge boon to Jay Gruden's defense. That unit ranked 17th in run defense, 20th in pass defense and 21st in sacks last season.

Hatcher gives the Redskins a disruptive force up the middle to take pressure off the linebackers and secondary, and he'll open up more holes for fellow pass-rushers Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan. He had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in June and is expected to miss four to six weeks and told Brian McNally of The Washington Times that the procedure was just about cleaning things up:

It’s old stuff, man. I don’t know a particular play, but I don’t want to go into the season 80 percent. I want to be 100, so I can be the best Hatch for this football team, for this defense, so I can help our team get better.

If Washington wants to get back to the postseason after a disappointing 2013-14 season, the two biggest keys will be Robert Griffin III playing like he did as a rookie and finding consistency on defense.

Hatcher's absence during training camp does put the defense behind the eight ball, but it wasn't unexpected. If his recovery takes longer than expected, then Washington fans can start to panic. 


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