All-Pro nose tackle Jay Ratliff missed most of the offseason while dealing with a nagging case of plantar fasciitis and when he did finally return, to face the St. Louis Rams in the team’s third preseason game, he summarily suffered a high ankle sprain. Now, he availability for the team’s regular season opener with the Giants is in question.
But Josh Brent believes he’ll be ready to fill in if Ratliff isn’t back by next Wednesday.
“It’s kind of a day-to-day thing,” Brent said after Wednesday night’s preseason finale, per the Dallas Morning News. “Be prepared if I am called to start and if not, be prepared to backup the same way.”
Indeed, a good deal of Brent’s confidence stems from the lessons he’s learned from the injured veteran Ratliff.
“Jay’s helped me throughout my career,” Brent said. “As long as I’ve been here, he’s tried to help me as much as possible. Watching him on film, in practice and in games I’ve learned so much. So I’m pretty prepared and I’m pretty ready to step up and take on this role.”
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