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DE Jason Hatcher Close To Re-Signing

When training camp began just five days ago, second-year pro Sean Lissemore was working with the first-team defense. And now he's probably the fifth end on the depth chart.

The Cowboys have made significant progress in adding defensive ends over the last few days and are now expected to re-sign Jason Hatcher.

A former 2006 third-round pick of the Cowboys, Hatcher was an unrestricted free agent and his chances of returning to the Cowboys seemed slim, especially after the club re-signed Marcus Spears on Saturday, followed by Kenyon Coleman later that evening.

But apparently defensive coordinator Rob Ryan wants plenty of depth there and the signing of Hatcher will certainly create that.

In his career, Hatcher hasn't been a starter and doesn't figure to be now. But he has been a solid role player who has become an athletic run-stopper.

Hatcher did visit the Broncos on Friday but didn't appear to have many offers from around the league.

He'll likely return to his role on the second-team defense, presumably with Coleman as the backups to Igor Olshansky and Spears. Lissemore has made a few plays in practice and will likely figure into some rotation at end, probably on passing downs.

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