Dallas Cowboys Can No Longer Rely on Jay Ratliff

August 27, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

On Thursday, Jay Ratliff will spend his 32nd birthday rehabbing on the Dallas Cowboys' physically unable to perform list. The start of the 2013 NFL regular season will be a week-and-a-half away, but Ratliff will not have practiced since the spring thanks to a pesky hamstring injury. 
It's gloomy. The four-time Pro Bowler missed 10 games last season due to two separate injuries—first a high-ankle sprain, later a hernia—and his play was already beginning to decline before that.
He showed some serious wear and tear down the stretch in 2011, too, and it doesn't bode well that he's suffered five different injuries to five completely different body parts dating back to December of 2011.
Only two weeks ago, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones sounded confident that the veteran defensive lineman would be ready at the start of the regular season.
"I’m not concerned about him playing at the level that we’d expect to open the season," Jones told Tim Mac...

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