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Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Jason Hatcher to have MRI on knee

By John Keim

ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins aren’t concerned, but they are also not taking any chances. So defensive lineman Jason Hatcher won’t participate in the rest of this week’s minicamp because of pain in his knee.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Hatcher will have an MRI on his knee to determine why it’s giving him some issues.

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“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. But the free agent signee told Gruden that he felt pain and had a little swelling.

The Redskins signed Hatcher away from Dallas to provide an inside pass rush. The Redskins also have depth along the line to limit how much wear and tear players like Hatcher must endure during the season. But he will be a key part of Washington’s nickel pass rush.

Hatcher attended practice, but did not go through individual drill work. Two other defensive linemen, Barry Cofield and Stephen Bowen, both worked off to the side as they recover from surgery. Cofield had a hernia procedure recently, but has participated in individual drill work. Bowen had microfracture knee surgery and was not expected to return before training camp.

Linebacker Brian Orakpo also missed practice. Gruden said Orakpo has a cold and, perhaps, strep throat. But he is hoping Orakpo returns Wednesday.