RICHMOND—The Redskins will be short of players on their defensive line when they start training camp on Thursday.
ESPN 980 is reporting that defensive ends Jason Hatcher and Stephen Bowen will start camp on the PUP list.
Both are suffering from knee injuries. Hatcher had an arthroscopic procedure done on his knee at the end of minicamp. It was estimated that he would miss four to six weeks and it has been five weeks since the procedure was done.
Bowen underwent microfracture surgery on his knee last year. The timetable for rehab on that procedure is very tricky and we don’t yet know what a realistic timetable is for his return.
The injuries put some of the offseason decisions made concerning the defensive line under the microscope. Hatcher, who just turned 32, was signed to a sizeable free agent contract that guarantees him $10.5 million. The Redskins chose to keep Bowen, 30, despite the injury questions and a salary cap number that is in excess of $7 million. They did not take a defensive lineman in the draft and are also relying on Barry Cofield and Kedric Golston, both of whom are over 30 years of age.
Players on the PUP list count against the 90-man roster limit and can attend meetings but they cannot practice. They can come off of the list at any time. If they are not removed from PUP by the time roster cuts are made on August 30 the team will have the option of putting them on the in-season PUP list. Players on that list don’t count against the 53-player limit but they can’t be activated for a minimum of six weeks.