Jason Hatcher cleared to practice


RICHMOND — The Redskins activated Jason Hatcher from the physically-unable-to-perform list after the defensive end passed his physical on Saturday, the team announced.

Hatcher, who spent the last seven weeks rehabbing from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, has been cleared to practice fully.

Redskins Coach Jay Gruden said Wednesday that Hatcher was “very, very close” to making his training camp debut. But he added that he didn’t anticipate Hatcher playing until the third preseason game at the earliest.

Hatcher was Washington’s highest-profile defensive free agent signing this past spring. He agreed to four-year deal worth $27.5 million including $10.5 million guaranteed — all of which is owed to him this season.

Hatcher, 32, is coming off of a career year in which he recorded 11 sacks for the Dallas Cowboys.

The Redskins believe he can help bolster their pass rush by teaming with nose tackle Barry Cofield and outside linebackers Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan and rookie Trent Murphy.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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