Jay Ratliff didn’t practice Monday after suffering a high ankle sprain in the team’s 20-12 exhibition win over St. Louis on Saturday, and he will almost certainly be unavailable for the Cowboys’ preseason finale against the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday. But the team still believes there’s some chance that the Pro Bowl nose tackle could be back in time for week one of the regular season, a matchup with the NFL Champion New York Giants.
“We just have to evaluate him day to day,” Garrett said, per Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News. “He’s a tough guy, like everybody knows, and he’s made progress since the game. He’s not going to practice today and he’s not going to practice tomorrow. He probably won’t play in the (preseason finale against Miami on Wednesday), but we’ll see how he is as we start preparing for the Giants.”
If Ratliff can’t go against New York, the team will platoon Sean Lissemore and Josh Brent at nose tackle. Garrett said on Monday that the high ankle sprain is unrelated to the foot injury that hampered Ratliff throughout this offseason and limited him through almost all of camp.
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