Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Redskins' Jason Hatcher on PUP list
By John Keim
RICHMOND, Va. -- The Washington Redskins will open training camp with four players on the physically unable to perform list, including one prized free-agent signing. But only three will be on there because of existing injuries.
Defensive end Jason Hatcher (knee), defensive end Stephen Bowen (knee) and receiver Leonard Hankerson (knee) all will start camp on the PUP list. So, too, will offensive lineman Maurice Hurt, though coach Jay Gruden said he’s on there because he’s “out of shape.” That’s bad news for Hurt, who is in a fight just to earn a roster spot.
Gruden would not speculate as to when the others would return, but said Hatcher, a big free-agent signing to help the pass rush, likely would return before the others. Players can be activated off the PUP list at any time during camp. Hatcher underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee in June and was scheduled to miss four to six weeks. If it takes six weeks, that would mean he’d miss the first two weeks of camp.
Bowen is coming off microfracture surgery and Hankerson tore his ACL and LCL last season. Meanwhile, corner Richard Crawford (coming off ACL surgery) and corner Tracy Porter (shoulder surgery) will be available from the start of camp.