Jason Hatcher not fined for QB hit

January, 4, 2013
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IRVING, Texas – DE Jason Hatcher’s roughing the passer penalty in the fourth quarter of Dallas' loss at Washington on Sunday was costly on the field, but the NFL chose not to impose a fine.

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After the game, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said the penalty was questionable, but replays showed Hatcher hitting Redskins QB Robert Griffin III in the helmet with 2:35 to play. The penalty negated a third-down stop by Dallas' defense and allowed Washington to score a game-ending touchdown on RB Alfred Morris' run with 1:09 to play.

If there hadn't been a penalty, the Cowboys would have forced the Redskins to kick a field goal for a six-point lead with more than two minutes to play. Hatcher did not speak after the game or on Monday.

Dallas LB Kyle Wilber was fined $21,000 for a blindside block on a punt return by Dwayne Harris, but Wilber was not called for a penalty in the game. With a $390,000 base salary, Wilber made roughly $22,941 per week.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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