Redskins’ Hatcher to have surgery on knee, miss four to six weeks _lowres

Associated Press photo by Will Dickey -- Newly signed Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles works out during minicamp Wednesday in Jacksonville, Fla.

ASHBURN, Va. — Washington Redskins defensive end Jason Hatcher says he will have surgery on his left knee and will be sidelined four to six weeks.

Hatcher said Wednesday he will have an arthroscopic procedure to clean up some cartilage.

The injury comes as the Redskins are wrapping up their offseason practices. If the timetable holds, he would be able to practice around the start of training camp on July 23.

Hatcher wore a compression wrap around his left leg as he watched Wednesday’s minicamp session. He signed a four-year, $27.5 million contract with the Redskins in March as a free agent from the Dallas Cowboys.


Rookie quarterback Bortles signs 4-year deal: In Jacksonville, Florida, Jaguars rookie Blake Bortles, the first quarterback taken in the NFL draft, signed a four-year contract worth more than $20.6 million.

The third overall selection, Bortles signed the fully guaranteed deal Wednesday before the second day of a, three-day minicamp. Bortles gets a signing bonus of $13.3 million. The Jaguars get a team option for a fifth year.

With Bortles under contract, the Jaguars have two unsigned draft picks — second-round receivers Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson.


McMahon honored for work to make sports safer: In Chicago, Former Bears quarterback Jim McMahon got another rousing ovation.

The “Punky QB” who once helped the Bears win a championship, heard the cheers as he was honored Wednesday by the Sports Legacy Institute for his efforts to raise awareness about the long-term impact of repeated blows to the head and make sports safer for athletes at all levels. The Boston University-based group is at the forefront of the issue, and McMahon is lending his support.

He has opened up about his struggles with early onset dementia and suicidal thoughts, which he believes stem from the beating he absorbed through football.


Weatherspoon’s injury forces adjustments: In Flowery Branch, Georgia, losing linebacker Sean Weatherspoon to a season-ending injury has caused a ripple effect throughout Atlanta’s defense.

Weatherspoon, a first-round draft pick in 2009, would have started on the inside and run the huddle, but his torn Achilles tendon means that Paul Worrilow and Joplo Bartu now hold starting jobs at both inside spots as the Falcons transition to more 3-4 fronts.

Rookies Prince Shembo, Marquis Spruill and Yawin Smallwood are in the mix to earn snaps behind Worrilow and Bartu, who moved into starting roles last year as undrafted rookie free agents.

Career defensive ends Osi Umenyiora, Kroy Biermann, Jonathan Massaquoi and Stansly Maponga are lining up at outside linebacker.


Second-round pick Lawrence signs: In Irving, Texas, the Dallas Cowboys signed defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, their second-round draft pick and the last of the selections to agree to terms.

Lawrence signed a four-year, $5.5 million deal Wednesday with $3.9 million guaranteed and a $2.3 million signing bonus. The Cowboys traded up to get him with the 34th pick.

Lawrence had 20 sacks in two seasons at Boise State.