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Garrett: Team Didn't Think Ratliff "Was Ready to Go"

Jay Ratliff was released last week after reportedly failing a physical

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Garrett: Team Didn't Think Ratliff "Was Ready to Go"

Frank Heinz, NBC DFW

Speaking to the media on Thursday, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett didn’t want to discuss Jay Ratliff’s agent’s announcement to the league--that his client has been cleared for all football activities--at any length. Ratliff was released by the Cowboys a week ago after he reportedly failed a physical.

From a health standpoint we didn’t feel like he was ready to go,” Garrett said, per ESPN Dallas, “and we just thought it was the best decision for our club.”

Ratliff hasn’t played in a game since last November when he suffered a groin injury, the seriousness of which became a point of contention between the Cowboys and Ratliff. He opted to do much of his rehab away from the team, and spent the first six weeks of the season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

Last week was the first week he’d have been eligible to come off the list and return to action.

“Certainly health was a huge factor in that decision,” Garrett said. “He hasn’t been able to play for us for the last year and a half. That was the primary reason we made that decision and again, we wish him nothing but the best going forward.”

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