The Dallas Cowboys apparently feel that they’ve waited long enough for defensive tackle Jay Ratliff to get healthy. The team decided to cut ties with the four-time Pro Bowler on Wednesday afternoon, Nick Eatman of DallasCowboys.com has reported.
Ratliff missed ten games a year ago, eventually undergoing a surgical procedure to repair a sports hernia. He reported to training camp on time after spending most of the offseason working out away from the team, but suffered a hamstring injury during the conditioning test. He was placed on the physically able to perform (PUP) list shortly thereafter, and therefore ruled out of the team’s first six games.
Ratliff was eligible to return this week, but neither owner Jerry Jones nor head coach Jason Garrett seemed overly confident that that would actually happen. Instead, Jones said, the two sides would meet, along with team doctors, this week.
At the time of his release, Ratliff was working under a five-year, $48.6 million contract extension, signed back in 2011.
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