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Jerry Jones: Austin, Ratliff Won't Be "Cap Casualties"

Miles Austin and Jay Ratliff had seemed like two viable candidates to be cut for financial reasons this offseason

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Jerry  Jones: Austin, Ratliff Won't Be "Cap Casualties"

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Parting ways with nose tackle Jay Ratliff and/or receiver Miles Austin seemed like a viable option in the Dallas Cowboys’ upcoming efforts to maneuver under a tight salary cap in 2013, but according to the head honcho in town, they’re not going that route.

Per the Dallas Morning News, Jerry Jones said this weekend that he thinks “Miles is certainly very much in our plans.” Just the day before, head coach Jason Garrett said he “absolutely” expects the former All-Pro Ratliff to return to Dallas following an injury-hampered 2012 and an offseason arrest on a drunk driving charge, an idea that Jones then backed up.

Austin continued to struggle with minor injuries last season--as he seemingly does every season--but at least appeared in ever game, finishing with 66 catches, 943 yards and six receiving touchdowns.

So then, the pair of veterans aren’t soon-to-be “cap casualties”?

“They’re not that,” Jones continued. “They’re important to us.”

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