Jason Hatcher said there is nothing to worry about. Jay Gruden said the same thing. And yet, Hatcher will head for an MRI on his knee, just a precautionary measure.
My knee is ok. It's minor I'll be ready to kill quarterbacks when the season starts. Just a Lil bump in the road. God is good!! #HTTR— Jason Hatcher (@hatcher97) June 17, 2014
Redskins fans must love Hatcher's language here, and ultimately the only thing that matters is his health when the season starts in September. Gruden added:
"We’re going to continue to look at his knee and just see how he’s doing and make sure we take the proper precautions and get him ready for training camp."
Again, playing in the regular season, and practicing at training camp, is the priority. Prior to the Eagles bizarre decision to cut DeSean Jackson, Hatcher was the prize of the Redskins offseason. His play along the interior defensive line will be key for an improved Washington defense this season, and with his veteran status, Hatcher does not need the minicamp practices to understand the grind of an NFL season.
And yet, in sports, nothing is ever certain. Despite Hatcher and Gruden's confidence, could there be more to the knee tweak?
"I don’t know when he tweaked it, he just said he had a little bit of pain, a little bit of swelling, so we’re just going to make sure we do the proper procedures and as far as getting him checked out, MRI, X-ray, all that good stuff, just make sure he’s good," Gruden said.
Is there a reason to worry? Or just much ado about nothing? Let us know what you think in the comments.