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Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher has been dealing with stinger issues for most of the year, but the one he suffered last Sunday against the Vikings is a doozy. Hatcher, who says he lost all strength in his left arm after suffering the injury, missed practice Wednesday and reportedly still can’t raise the arm above shoulder level.
“It’s never happened to me. It’s an odd situation. It’s frustrating,” Hatcher said, per the Dallas Morning News. “It’s a nerve condition. You just have to wait until the nerve gets un-pissed off and then it’ll give me my arm back. As soon as that happens, hopefully it will be before Sunday.”
Unfortunately, it’d be kind of fitting if Hatcher missed the Saints game. He’s been the sole true starter on the Dallas defensive front over the last three weeks as DeMarcus Ware--the only other true starter remaining on the active roster with Anthony Spencer on the IR and Jay Ratliff in Chicago--dealt with a strained quad. Now, with Ware likely coming back this week, it’s Hatcher whose status is in question.
“I got my neck roll, so if I can get it back, I’ll wear this neck roll from now on and stop being so stubborn,” Hatcher said. “It’s one of those things where I should have been wearing the neck roll. I just don’t like the neck roll. I feel like it takes away from athleticism. It’s one of those things I just have to make an adjustment to. If D-Ware can do it, I’ll do it.”
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