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RE Jason Hatcher (knee) will open camp on active/PUP.

Hatcher is roughly five weeks into a 4-6 week rehab timetable he was slapped with following a knee scope. The Redskins won't press their $27 million man as they desperately need him pressuring the quarterback if they have any hope of improving last year's brutal defense.

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ESPN Redskins blogger John Keim expects Jason Hatcher (knee) to open training camp on the PUP list.

Hatcher is three weeks removed from arthroscopic knee surgery. He was originally given a 4-6 week timetable and is going to be in a race to get cleared for the start of camp. The Redskins are counting on Hatcher to help make their transition to a 3-4 this season. Hatcher will play end in Washington's base defense and rush from the interior in sub packages.

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Redskins DE Jason Hatcher will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his knee and be out 4-6 weeks.

One of the free agency's worst contracts now looks even worse. Hatcher, who will turn 32 next month, signed a four-year, $27.5 million deal with the Redskins in March as he came off a career-high 11 sacks (he had 16 in the seven previous seasons combined). The scope is just a clean-out procedure, but any knee surgery is scary for a player on the wrong side of 30. If the Redskins are going to have any prayer of correcting last year's leaky defense, they desperately need Hatcher to be getting after the quarterback in Week 1 and performing at his 2013 level.

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Redskins DE Jason Hatcher (knees) will miss this week's minicamp due to pain and swelling in both of his knees, but "hopes" to return to action for the start of training camp.

Hacher, who signed a four-year, $27.5 million deal with the Redskins in March, needs an MRI on both knees. It's unclear when Hatcher got hurt. "He just said he had a little bit of pain, a little bit of swelling," coach Jay Gruden said. "So, we're going to make sure we do the proper procedure as far as getting him checked out - MRI, X-ray and all that good stuff and make sure he's good." Hatcher is a key piece for the Redskins to turn around a lackluster defense. He's expected to play base 4-technique and rush the passer from the interior in sub-packages.

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The Redskins are expected to use Jason Hatcher as an end in their 3-4 base.

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Redskins signed DL Jason Hatcher, formerly of the Cowboys, to a four-year contract.

Hatcher left his Oakland visit and was scheduled to take a trip to Tennessee. Instead, he's staying in the NFC East. The Cowboys didn't make much of an effort to retain Hatcher because they really couldn't afford him. He'll turn 32 in July and is coming off an 11-sack season as a three-technique defensive tackle in Dallas' 4-3 defense. The Redskins run a 3-4, which means Hatcher will likely play end. He had 16 sacks in seven years before 2013.

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Free agent DT Jason Hatcher will meet with the Titans Thursday night.

The Raiders let Hatcher get out of town without a contract, so his tour continues. He's already been linked to the Bucs and Seahawks as well. Hatcher is entering his age-32 season and has had more success in a 4-3 scheme than the 3-4 the Titans are installing.

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Free agent DT Jason Hatcher will visit the Raiders on Wednesday.

That's provided he escapes Seattle without a deal. Hatcher would be the best player the Raiders have brought in for a visit, though he's going on 32. Coming off a career year, he'd go a long way toward fortifying a pitiful pass rush, but is a curious fit for a rebuilding team.

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Free agent DT Jason Hatcher will visit the Titans this week.

Hatcher also has a visit with the Seahawks lined up. It's unclear who's up first. The Titans are switching to a 3-4 defense under new DC Ray Horton. Hatcher didn't really break through until the Cowboys switched to a 4-3 scheme in 2013.

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Free agent DT Jason Hatcher will visit the Seahawks this week.

It's unclear if it will be Hatcher's first visit of free agency. He's our No. 3 free-agent defensive tackle available, behind Henry Melton and B.J. Raji. Hatcher will turn 32 this summer and is looking to cash in coming off a career-year.