Jerry Jones not giving up on Jay Ratliff return

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After undergoing a sports hernia surgery this week, it appeared as though Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff would be headed for injured reserve.

But Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is holding out hope that Ratliff may make another appearance this season.

Ratliff is expected to miss 3-6 weeks after undergoing surgery on Thursday. According to Jarrett Bell of the USA Today, Jones isn’t going to place Ratliff on injured reserve in hopes of getting him back if the Cowboys can mount a deep playoff run.

“We obviously need Jay,” Jones told said. “Hopefully this surgery could get him back on the field, if we have an extended season. That’s the way I’m looking at it.”

Even if Ratliff can make it back on the quick end of the timetable, he will miss the final three regular season games. The Cowboys are currently on the outside of the playoff picture looking in, but the NFC East crown and a Wild Card berth are still in reach if Dallas is able to keep winning.

Ratliff has played in just six games and has just 16 tackles and no sacks for the Cowboys this season. Ratliff missed Cowboys’ last three games before undergoing surgery.

23 responses to “Jerry Jones not giving up on Jay Ratliff return

  1. They are NOT snuffing the playoffs get a grip. They are 2 games essentially behind the Seahawks bc head to head and record. They still have to jump TB and Possibly WAS. Not to mention the Bears and Vikes. All that equates to a non playoff Birth sorry Jerry you are delusional!

  2. I’m afraid Jay is done for the season, he shoulda had this surgery weeks ago for SPORTS HERNIA, instead of it being a GROIN injury for the last month; what IDIOT trainer, PT’s, docs came up with this, then on 12/12/12 he has SURGERY and team owner thinks he will still play? WTF! Coulda had surgery a month ago and be coming back in December, not dreaming about a playoff return; my COWBOYS are a 1 and OUT playoff team best case scenario due to half it’s starters being out for the year

  3. For those of you wondering, they currently have Matt Johnson (safety) on Injured Reserve/Designated Return, and he has likely been healthy for a week or so.

    So they could simply upgrade Johnson to active roster and, as required, replace him with another player (Ratliff) so that Jay could return if cowboys make playoffs.

    I thought it was what they would do with Dez but it appears Ratliff would be a more logical choice.

  4. You have got to be kidding – Jerrah is now a doctor and thinks that Ratcliff is going to be back for another Dallas “playoff run”.

    This clown needs to find himself a real job, and get some real “football people” in to run what was a great franchise.

    Jerrah sold his soul to get what he wanted and treated people like crap in the process. Dallas and Jones are almost like the Ford Family and the Lions.

  5. I just wish Jerry would stop talking about Ratliff already. Actually, he has a habit of talking about injured guys and when HE thinks they will be back on the field. And something about the way he does this irks guys. Rat wasn’t the first player to take issue with how Jones goes about this.

    Imagine you being home injured (for real, not a stay at home because you feel like it day) and your employer is talking about your time table to return instead of your doctor…

  6. erle1139 says:Dec 14, 2012 5:58 AM

    Jerry’s sounding desperate. First Dez, now Jay. I can already hear his excuses when the Cowboys don’t make the playoffs.
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    How is it not an excuse if nearly your entire starting defense is injured and now your starting start receiver? Seems like a pretty god excuse to me.

  7. allidoiswin55 says:Dec 14, 2012 12:24 AM

    They are NOT snuffing the playoffs get a grip. They are 2 games essentially behind the Seahawks bc head to head and record. They still have to jump TB and Possibly WAS. Not to mention the Bears and Vikes. All that equates to a non playoff Birth sorry Jerry you are delusional
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    One game behind the Giants for the division title with 3 games left to play. They have an easier shot at winning the division than a wild card spot.

  8. Got to be great playing for Jerry. Broken bone? Tape it up and get back in there. Having surgery? I’ll give you three weeks, then get your butt back to work.

    But to hear him talk no one is more concerned about his players than Jerry Jones. They are all like family. With a grand dad like that no wonder they have problems.

  9. I wish Jerry Jones could somehow be made to have season ending surgery.

    Here is the break down for Dallas’ playoff hopes:
    1) One game behind Giants for NFC east division champ. Giants clinch the division with three wins. IF Giants lose one of their next three, it would go to a tie breaker. Dallas currently has the better division record, but both teams have one division game to go.

    2) One game behind Seattle for Wildcard spot. ‘Hawks own the tie breaker right now. Hawks play at Bills, and then home against SanFan and Rams. Dallas isn’t likely to take this wildcard spot, as the Hawks are probably going to win two of three of those games.

    3) One game behind Bears for the other Wildcard spot. Chicago owns the tie breaker here too. Chicago’s schedule is harder than the Cowboys, so this is a possibility. Chi has to play home vs Packers, which is probably a loss, then at Arizona, and at Lions. The Lions are going to come hard. If Chicago loses two of those games (packers and lions), Dallas wins two of their next three, and Skins lose two of their next three, Dallas takes this spot.

    So basically, the only way Dallas is likely to go is win out (would leap frog the Skins with last regular season win for better record). There is a small possibility they win by winning only two, but that requires a lot of help.

    Either way, I’d rather Dallas not even go to playoffs. They can’t win the SB, and I don’t want to hear one and done again from the haters.

  10. allidoiswin55 says:

    They are NOT snuffing the playoffs get a grip. They are 2 games essentially behind the Seahawks bc head to head and record. They still have to jump TB and Possibly WAS. Not to mention the Bears and Vikes. All that equates to a non playoff Birth sorry Jerry you are delusional!
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    You’re the delusional one. TB is 6-7, Dallas is 7-6. Dallas doesnt have to jump them at all. To pu tit more clearly, WAS is the 7th seed, Dallas is the 8th. There is a heads up play between the two for final game of the season.

  11. Everyone is in the playoff race until they lose one… Counting Dallas out right now is silly… Pittsburgh & New Orleans at home… Skins on the road. They can win out… The Skins & Giants have to do the same. The team that can win out, will win the Division.

    My money is on the Skins just because the last game is at home and history says the Redskins do very well in meaningful games against the Cowboys at home in December.

  12. ceschatz says:
    Dec 14, 2012 9:39 AM
    How is it not an excuse if nearly your entire starting defense is injured and now your starting start receiver? Seems like a pretty god excuse to me.

    Even if you believe that excuse (after all everyone has injuries) how do you explain the last 15 years…

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