Jason Hatcher returned from a calf injury last week against Philadelphia after missing three games with a calf injury, and recorded five tackles. He recorded just one tackle in the win over the Seattle Seahawks on Monday (though it was for a loss), but his impact was felt far more in this game than the Philly game--not just because the Philly game was a blowout and this was a win, but because Hatcher recorded an interception to set up the Cowboys second touchdown of the day.
Hatcher is the first Cowboys’ defensive lineman since 2002 to record an interception. He returned the interception for 16 yards before running out of bounds, but the whole “running out of bounds" thing was cause for some lighthearted ribbing on the part of Hatcher’s teammates.
According to Hatcher--and we’d tend to agree with him here--going out of bounds when he did was just the prudent move at the time.
“You didn’t see that little stiff arm going out of bounds?” Hatcher joked afterward, per ESPN Dallas. “Nah, once I saw that running back, I kind of went out of bounds. He’s way faster than I am. I was going to out run the linemen, to be honest with you. You saw me turn my motor on and then I turned it back off. I saw the running back. He was going to cut my knees off. I’ve got games to play, so I’m going out of bounds.”
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