Middle linebacker and defensive captain Sean Lee doesn’t seem overcome with grief over the departure of veteran defensive tackle Jay Ratliff, who was released by the team last week after struggling to return from a groin injury for nearly a calendar year.
“If you don't want to be here and you don't want to play with this team, then move on because we have guys who are ready to play, who work extremely hard, who care about this franchise, who care about each other as teammates,” Lee told 105.3-FM The Fan, via ESPN Dallas, “and I'd rather go down with guys who want to be here and want to win than win with guys who don't want to be here.”
Ratliff started the season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, after missing ten games in 2012--the first season in Ratliff’s career in which he didn’t record a sack. Although the Cowboys were fairly tight-lipped about the matter before cutting ties with the four-time Pro Bowler, it’s pretty well accepted that there was a good amount of tension between the two sides toward the end.
“I don't know the whole situation or the details,” Lee said, “but I think as teammates, all we care about are each other and about guys who care about winning here, so that's all we focus on and I think that's the only thing we need to focus on to help us win.”
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