Cowboys defensive tackle Jay Ratliff has picked up in training camp where he left off last season, which is to say he’s hurt, and there’s no concrete timetable for his return.
Ratliff was placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list after Sunday’s conditioning test and before the opening practice sessions of camp with a strained hamstring. Head coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday that it could be a couple weeks before he returns.
"He's working and he's in rehab and doing all the stuff that he needs to do, but we don't anticipate him being on the field until next week and it might be a couple of weeks," Garrett said, per ESPN Dallas. "Again, it's still early. We play the extra preseason game, we're here a week earlier than everybody else. We're going to err on the side of caution with those guys."
Last season, Ratliff missed most of training camp with a case of plantar fasciitis and missed ten games as he dealt with a sports hernia that required surgery back in December. Even before the hamstring issue cropped up, Dallas was planning on easing Ratliff back into live action.
"Hard to specify exactly what it is, most recently it is the hamstring," Garrett said. "But we were going to be cautious with him in regards to his groin and the other issues that he had last year. He looks good, he's working hard and he's got to take it day-by-day and hopefully he'll be back soon."
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