Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (97) celebrates after a tackle for a loss in the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Vikings 27-23. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Should the Redskins be worried about Jason Hatcher's knee?

Washington Redskins defensive end Jason Hatcher will have arthroscopic knee surgery, and be out of action for 4-6 weeks.  The Redskins expect to have Hatcher back and ready for training camp, so they won’t panic about this development.  However, this can’t be good news to a ream that expects Hatcher to help upgrade their pass rush.

Hatcher was one of the Redskins top free agent signees, and he is coming off the best season of his career as he had 11 sacks for the Dallas Cowboys last season.  Considering that Hatcher brought something to the table that the Redskins lacked, the fact that Hatcher was 31 when he signed wasn’t really a huge issue.  But it might become bigger now.

Especially if the surgery doesn’t completely solve whatever problem Hatcher is having, and enables him to be healthy throughout the season.  Other than Jason Hatcher, the Redskins didn’t make any other moves that would be considered an upgrade to their defensive line.  So Hatcher will be relied upon heavily during the course of the season.

So while the Redskins seem optimistic about Hatcher making a smooth recovery, they might be smart to start looking around to see what else is available on the free agent market, if for no other reason than add more depth.  As hopefully Jason Hatcher will be fine, but at this point in his career you never know.

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