Redskins defensive lineman Jason Hatcher will be sidelined 4-6 weeks because of an injury to his left knee, he said Wednesday.
Hatcher said he’ll have the knee "scoped" Thursday by renowned arthroscopic surgeon Dr. James Andrews. The 31-year-old said he isn’t sure when he got hurt.
“I don’t know what really happened,” Hatcher said at Redskins Park, where he watched practice for a second straight day from the sidelines. “I know I did something. It’s probably just something old…that just needs cleaning up. I’m looking forward to going and getting this procedure done and getting back on the field.
Minicamp wraps up Thursday in Ashburn and the next on-field activity for the team will be July 24th in Richmond.
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Hatcher says he’ll be ready.
“It’s nothing major,” he said. “I’ll be back in training camp.”
Hatcher had been experiencing pain and swelling in the knee but did not miss any practice time until this week's minicamp.
“We don’t feel like it’s a long-term thing,” Coach Jay Gruden said. “But any time you have a surgery, there’s a little bit of a concern. But from what I’ve been told, the severity of it is not that great.”
Hatcher, meantime, opted to have the scope performed now rather than attempting to play through the pain and discomfort during the season.
“It’s something we decided to do [with] the training staff,” Hatcher said. “They thought it would be best for me do so I wouldn’t be struggling through the season. So I could be at full strength. If I’m better, the defense is better. I have to do what for the team first. …I don’t want to go into the season 80 percent. I want to be 100, so I can be the best Hatch for this football team, for this defense.”
Hatcher signed a four-year, $27.5 million contract with the Redskins in March.