Jason Hatcher feeling better with rest

IRVING, Texas – For the rest of the season you can just pencil in Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher as “limited” for every practice.

Hatcher has been bothered by a series of stingers since the early part of the season and missed the New Orleans game because of it.

He has worn different padding in the past two games against the New York Giants and Oakland Raiders and has not had any setbacks.

“It’s uncomfortable, but it’s one of those things I’ve got to get used to,” Hatcher said, “and I think I’m just going to keep it for the remainder of the season.”

Before aggravating the stinger late in the win against the Minnesota Vikings on Nov. 3, Hatcher had hoped to be able to return to practice on a full-time basis, particularly the Wednesday sessions since that is the only day the Cowboys are in pads.

Hatcher had a season-low one tackle against the Raiders but had a tackle for loss and two quarterback pressures. He said after the game he felt like he was playing with one arm. On Tuesday Hatcher said the rest after Thanksgiving had helped.

“It’s getting better each game I play,” Hatcher said. “I just got to continue to rest it and not do nothing crazy in practice to damage the nerve again and set it back. The trainers and the coaching staff do a great job of letting me go through practice not too physical and just having me rest for the games. I’m just going to continue with that game plan they have for me. It’s working.”