Hatcher, Bowen and Hankerson put on PUP

Hatcher, Bowen and Hankerson put on PUP
July 23, 2014, 4:45 pm
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(Associated Press)

RICHMOND -- Defensive ends Jason Hatcher and Stephen Bowen and wide receiver Leonard Hankerson will open the training camp on the physically unable to perform list, according to Redskins Coach Jay Gruden.

Reserve offensive lineman Mo Hurt, meantime, reported out of shape, Gruden said, and will also open camp on PUP.

Hatcher, Bowen and Hankerson are recovering from knee injuries of varying severity. Gruden did not specify when they would be cleared to practice, but he indicated that Hatcher, who had his left knee scoped in late June, is closer to returning than the others.

Hatcher and Hankerson were on the field Wednesday morning for a workout.

“[Hatcher] is being monitored closely by Larry [Hess], our trainer, and as soon they see fit he’ll be ready to go,” Gruden said of the 32-year-old defensive lineman. “I think he’ll be ready quicker than the others.”

Bowen had microfracture surgery on his right knee, while Hankerson had multiple ligaments repaired in his left knee. Both worked off to the side during OTAs and minicamp. 

“I never like to make predictions on when guys are going come back,” Gruden said. “That’s totally up to Larry and the training staff and the doctors and the player. They’ve been working very hard, making all of their scheduled appointments. They all want to be on the field as soon as possible. “

“But,” Gruden added, “I’m going to leave that up to Larry and their progress will speak for itself. We don’t want to rush anyone back from injury. One hundred percent is a good number for us, and we’ll wait until we get to that.”

The other players coming off injury—cornerbacks Richard Crawford (knee) and Tracy Porter (shoulder)—will be full participants, Gruden said.

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