Hatcher, one of the Redskins' big free-agent signings this offseason, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee in the middle of June. His recovery was said to be four to six weeks. If that's the case, Hatcher might still miss another week.
"I feel great," Hatcher said. "I have to go with the flow. We're on schedule -- I think I'm ahead of schedule. We'll play it slowly when I get back on the field. I want to feel myself."
Of course, if he were indeed ahead of schedule Hatcher might have already returned. But considering the position he plays and the fact he turned 32 earlier this month, there's no need to rush his return. The Redskins need him to be a pivotal player in the pass rush, providing the interior push they have not had much of in recent years.
But Hatcher said his age isn't an issue when it comes to his return.
"It's based on how you take care of your body when you're younger," he said, "and I did a great job taking care of my body. It's one of those things whenever I feel ready and the training staff says I'm ready, then I'll be ready to go. I feel great today. We just have to keep progressing."