Hatcher showed up to minicamp this week with pain in his knee and had an MRI which showed the damage. He's considered a question mark for the start of training camp, though coach Jay Gruden was optimistic he'd be there.
Coach Jay Gruden said Hatcher will have an MRI on his knee to determine why it’s giving him some issues.
"We'll get him checked out," Gruden said. "But I feel he'll be ready for training camp. That's the big thing. We're taking the proper precautions."
Gruden said he wasn't sure when Hatcher tweaked his knee.
"There's a lot of different fronts we can play, that (defensive coordinator Jim Haslett) can play. [Hatcher] can do a lot of different things," Gruden said per the Washington Post. "That's why he's so important to us because he's so versatile. There's not a position on that defensive line he can't play. We'll go out and play with our new toy when we get to training camp and figure out what we can do with him. In talking to him, after we signed him, Jason is champing at the bit. A lot of people had him viewed as, 'I just want to be a 3-technique in a 4-3.' That's not true at all. He wants to move around, be a 4, be a 5, be a 3. That makes him more effective."
Hatcher timed his career-best season well, as the 31-year-old finished 2013 with 11 sacks, good for 11th in the league.
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