RICHMOND – Defensive end Jason Hatcher is nearing the end of his rehabilitation period and will soon join his teammates on the practice field, coach Jay Gruden said. Washington’s medical staff has yet to set a return date for Hatcher’s return. But he continues to make strides, and Gruden believes he could be activated soon.
“He’s very, very close. I can tell you that,” Gruden said when asked about Hatcher’s recovery.
Hatcher had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on June 20. Doctors originally told him to expect a four- to six-week rehab period. Hatcher opened training camp on the physically unable to perform list, but he can be activated at any time. The 11th-year veteran has increased the level of his in the last week, and had experienced no setbacks.
Fourth-year pro Jarvis Jenkins has started at right end in Hatcher’s place.
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