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.