The Redskins’ retooling defense appears to have avoided a potentially huge problem.
Defensive lineman Jason Hatcher, the player the team signed in March to turn around its sagging pass rush, tweeted late this afternoon that his injured knee is “ok” and that it’s a only minor issue.
Hatcher did not specify which knee is ailing him or the exact diagnosis, but he wrote, in part, “I’ll be ready to kill quarterbacks when the season starts. Just a Lil bump in the road. God is good.”
Hatcher did not participate in the opening practice of veteran minicamp on Tuesday and instead watched from the sideline. Head Coach Jay Gruden said the 31-year-old had been experiencing pain and swelling in his knee and was set to have an MRI later in the day. Prior to the exam, Gruden expressed confidence that Hatcher's injury was not significant.
“There’s no concern,” Gruden said. “We’re going to get him checked out and we’ll go from there. But I feel like he’ll be ready for training camp and that’s the big thing.”
Hatcher’s tweet, posted at 5 p.m., presumably was written after the exam.
It’s still unclear when Hatcher will return to the field, though Gruden has already ruled him out for the remainder of minicamp, which runs through Thursday. The next on-field activity for the Redskins is July 24, the opening day of training camp in Richmond.
Gruden, and perhaps Hatcher, will likely address the timeline in greater detail Wednesday.