Knee problem keeping Jason Hatcher out of minicamp

AP

The Redskins signed defensive tackle Jason Hatcher to be a big part of what they hope will be a defensive resurgence in 2014, but he’ll need to get his knees feeling right before he can fully engage in the effort to improve on that side of the ball.

Hatcher will not practice in this week’s three-day minicamp as a result of an injury to one of his knees. Coach Jay Gruden says he’s not sure when Hatcher suffered the injury, but that the team is getting a battery of tests done to make sure that it is nothing serious enough to limit his availability for training camp or the regular season.

“He just said he had a little bit of pain, a little bit of swelling,” Gruden said, via the Washington Post. “So, we’re going to make sure we do the proper procedure as far as getting him checked out — MRI, X-ray and all that good stuff and make sure he’s good.”

Every ounce of prevention with Hatcher is worth it for the Redskins because they’ll need his presence up front against the run and pass if they are going to be a more competitive unit this time around.