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The Dallas Cowboys are proceeding with caution with defensive tackle Jason Hatcher--who is the only true starter left standing on the defensive line at the moment--as he plays through a stinger issue. Hatcher hasn’t participated in a practice session on a Wednesday or Thursday since suffering the injury back on October 6.
“Just trying to stay away from taking a step back or banging it, because when you bang it you lose some strength in it,” Hatcher said, per ESPN Dallas. “It’s just one of those things. I just appreciate them taking care of me during the week, and I’ve got to go out and do my job on Sundays.”
Hatcher’s presence on the patchwork defensive line is more important now than ever, with Jay Ratliff gone, Anthony Spencer on the IR and DeMarcus Ware out for the past two weeks with a strained quad.
“It may have something to do with that, too, but it’s mostly just a stinger,” Hatcher said. “You don’t want to aggravate it. It’s about gone, so come the bye week I’ll probably be back practicing.”
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