Just a week after being cut loose from the Cowboys on the back of a failed physical and lingering health issues, veteran defensive tackle Jay Ratliff’s agent says his client has been cleared for football activities.
Before his release, Ratliff had been out of action for nearly a calendar year, dating back to last November when he suffered a groin injury. He had surgery to repair the injury shortly thereafter, and began the 2013 season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
Ratliff was eligible to come off the PUP and play against the Eagles last week, but he was released instead.
Mark Slough, Ratliff’s agent, sent out an email to personnel directors around the NFL on Wednesday to alert teams of the news. Slough said, among other things, that Ratliff will continue training in North Texas and hopes to begin working out for teams soon.
“He absolutely, 100 percent wants to play football again,” Slough said after his client’s release, per the Dallas Morning News. “He has a passion for the game. He has a love for the game. He has absolutely no intention of not playing again in 2014. If he could’ve played this year, he would’ve been on the field.”
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