Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden stated that four players will not be participating in practice at the start of training camp. Those players are:
1. Jason Hatcher, defensive end – Hatcher recently had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, and is still recovering from it. Hatcher noticed a problem with the knee during mini camp and the decision was made to have the surgery so it won’t be a problem during the season. Gruden stated he expects Hatcher to be practicing the quickest of the four Redskins.
2. Stephen Bowen, defensive end – Bowen had micro fracture surgery on his right knee last season, after attempting to play through the season with the injury. Bowen was a starter last season, and he will need to have a good camp if he’s to try to regain his starting spot. So this is a set back for him at this point.
3. Leonard Hankerson, wide receiver – Hankerson is coming off of a torn ACL last season and it seems he’s still not 100% yet. Hankerson had emerged as a starter opposite Pierre Garcon when the injury happened, and the Redskins could use his size in their passing attack. But at this point it’s not clear when Hankerson might be cleared to practice.
4. Maurice Hurt, guard – Gruden stated that Hurt came into camp out of shape, so he’s being held out of practice for now. With competition at the guard spots expected to be intense this camp, this has to be a major set back for Hurt.
Gruden stated that he won’t rush any of theses players back, and their returns to practice are up to the doctors, trainers, and the players themselves.