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Jay Ratliff says he's played with hidden elbow injuries for three years

We’re always on the lookout for evidence of injured players whose injuries weren’t reported, primarily since so many teams like to keep injuries quiet.

Cowboys defensive tackle Jay Ratliff has provided a new twist on the whole hidden injury thing.  He claims that he has had bad elbows for three years — and that the team didn’t keep it hidden because Ratliff kept it hidden from the team.

The disclosure came in a live chat at NFL.com, via the Dallas Morning News

“I played the last
three years with bad elbows
,” Ratliff said.  “It was kept quiet because I never
talked to anybody about it.  When I told the trainers, nobody knew
how serious it was until I asked them to do an X-Ray and they
saw the bone spurs. . . .  Today was the first day that I benched
press in two years, and it felt good.  No pain at all.  So I am excited
about that.”

If he has played with played elbows, he has played well, appearing in every game during the 2008 and 2009 seasons and 15 games in 2007.  He also played in the Pro Bowl at the end of the 2009 season.

Ratliff had surgery in February on both elbows.  And though we didn’t scour through every single injury report for the past three years, his name showed up only twice in 2009 — in Week Eight and Week Nine, with a knee injury only.

Earlier this month, he said that the pain in his elbows currently is “dull,” and that it’s “only a fraction” of dealt with last season.

Do we believe that the Cowboys didn’t know about the situation?  Sure we do.  Just like we believe that Steve Smith broke his arm playing flag football with a bunch of kids.

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7 Responses to “Jay Ratliff says he's played with hidden elbow injuries for three years”
  1. digitalbath says: Jun 23, 2010 7:45 AM

    played with played elbows and played?????,wow,how much wood,would a woodchuck chuck,if a woodchuck could chuck,wood

  2. brasho says: Jun 23, 2010 8:07 AM

    Do we believe that the Cowboys didn’t know about the situation? Sure we do. Just like we believe that Steve Smith broke his arm playing flag football with a bunch of kids.
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    Do we believe that the Cowboys didn’t know about the situation? Sure we do. Just like we believe that Steve Smith broke his arm playing flag football with a bunch of kids.Bones spurs on the elbows has systems that are identical to tricep tendonitis. It is entirely possible that the trainers and Cowboys thought he was suffering from tendonitis.
    Maybe if you knew medicine and the human body at fraction of what you know about the law you would be qualified to pass judgment on medical issues of this nature… but obviously you don’t. You really need to hire somebody that can tell you what is and isn’t possible.

  3. Nacho Libre says: Jun 23, 2010 8:26 AM

    Ok, Cornholio….
    Is it a man-crush you have on Steve Smith, or just an inferiority complex you have about him since he manhandled you a few weeks back over your crummy attempt to make news out of something that wasn’t true? So the man likes playing football, and plays it for free in his spare time. I’d want someone who tries that hard on my team. But you on the other hand, even though you wear a permanent helmet, plastered firmly in place with God only knows what, I wouldn’t put you on my team if I coached the special olympics. Lay off #89, find someone else to try to smear or he’s gonna keep right on embarassing you.

  4. Hugh says: Jun 23, 2010 9:07 AM

    It must suck being Steve Smith’s bitch. I guess taking pot shots at him in stories that have nothing to do with him eases the soreness in your anal cavity?

  5. Slow Joe says: Jun 23, 2010 10:53 AM

    Mike, you need to slow down and double check your writing.
    1st mistake:
    “If he has played with played elbows, he has played well…”
    Played with PLAYED elbows? I’m sure you meant “bad” or “injured” or something.
    2nd mistake:
    “Do we believe that the Cowboys didn’t know about the situation? Sure we do. Just like we believe that Steve Smith broke his arm playing flag football with a bunch of kids.”
    This makes no sense. If you’re joking, then you should have put what he’s contending, not what he actually did. Like “Just like we believe that Steve Smith broke his arm in his football camp with a bunch of kids.” He never mentioned that he broke it in flag football; that’s what he’s trying to cover up.

  6. FalconDevil says: Jun 23, 2010 11:10 AM

    “his elbows currently is “dull,” and that it’s “only a fraction” of dealt with last season.” Wow, and the award for worst sentence ever goes to Mike Florio. A 6th grade teacher would be sick reading this dribble.

  7. VoxVagina says: Jun 23, 2010 12:15 PM

    Confucius say: “If he has played with played elbows, he has played well”
    What the hell Florio…
    But anyway if that’s how Ratliff has played, it’s a little scary to think what he’d do with normal elboys

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