On Tuesday, just hours after owner and general manager Jerry Jones acknowledged on his radio show that it was a possibility, the Dallas Cowboys placed veteran defensive tackle Jay Ratliff on the PUP list. This means Ratliff will miss at least the first six games of the 2013 season.
It’s been an exceedingly frustrating past 12 months for the four-time Pro Bowler. He was limited to six games in 2012 with a string of injuries, and failed to record a sack for the first time in his career. As for this offseason, he has been unable to get back on the field after undergoing surgery on a sports hernia and then, back in July, he suffered a minor hamstring injury.
"I believe in Jay," Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said, per ESPN Dallas. "I think he's a competitor. I think, you know, there's some things that can be frustrating when you have injuries. … Those things happen. I'm convinced that we've got a program now--he's had a few setbacks--that hopefully will put him on the road where he can play for us at some point this season."
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