Jason Hatcher injury: Cowboys DT unlikely to play Sunday with pinched nerve

Injury is the only thing that can stop the Denver Broncos, which is what makes Monday’s MRI on Peyton Manning so scary. This team will fold if he’s forced to miss any significant time, but that seems like a long shot. It’s astonishing that a 330-yard, four-touchdown game has become ho-hum — but here we are. Manning is redefining what was thought possible at the quarterback position and he’s using all his weapons to leverage a big win.

Defense is letting San Diego down, but there’s a lot to build on for the future. First-year head coach Mike McCoy has made the offense reliable and the coaching staff should be happy with how Philip Rivers and Ryan Mathews have responded. Competing in the AFC West is almost impossible this year, but with veterans stepping up and rookies like Keenan Allen contributing, the Chargers have a chance to surprise teams next year.

Jason Hatcher is likely out for the Dallas Cowboys against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night due to a pinched nerve, ESPN’s Ed Werder reports. Hatcher was marked questionable on Friday’s injury report, and was considered a game-time decision.

Hatcher’s absence will be mitigated somewhat by the return of defensive end DeMarcus Ware from a thigh injury. Hatcher has arguably been the Cowboys’ best defensive lineman this season, however. He suffered a stinger during the Cowboys’ win over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 9. On the year, he has 29 tackles, seven sacks and a forced fumble.
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The Cowboys will likely turn to Drake Nevis, a third-round pick in 2011, and Jarius Wynn, a sixth-round pick in 2009, to replicate Hatcher’s production. On the year, the two have combined for 12 tackles and one sack.

Elite Womens Michael Bennett Jersey The Cowboys need all the help they can get against an offensive line that ranks eighth in the NFL in adjusted sack rate, according to Football Outsiders.

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