Jerry Jones had a heated verbal altercation with nose tackle Jay Ratliff following last Sunday’s 20-19 win over the Bengals in Cincinnati, stemming from Jerry telling the All-Pro that the team needed him back on the field. So we’d imagine that Jerry is less than happy about today’s news, that Ratliff won’t be getting back on the field, most likely, until 2013.
Ratliff will miss at least the rest of the regular season after it was decided that he needs surgery to repair a sports hernia. Ratliff had missed three games with the injury and seven total in 2012, meaning that he will finish the regular season having participated in just six of 16 games.
A four-time Pro Bowler and an All-Pro in 2009, Ratliff finishes his season with just 16 tackles (one for a loss) and a pass deflected. He was originally replaced by Josh Brent, but with Brent done for the year for wholly different reasons, it looks like the starting nose tackle duties will go to Sean Lissemore.
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