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Jay Ratliff has “mild” hamstring strain

Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff stands in the rain in New York Reuters

The Cowboys said on Sunday that they were “not concerned” about the health of defensive tackle Jay Ratliff after he injured his hamstring as training camp got underway.

They might not have any deep fears, but they sent Ratliff for an MRI anyway. David Moore of the Dallas Morning News reports that the MRI showed a “mild” hamstring strain for Ratliff. Moore adds that there is no timetable for his return at this point.

Even though the Cowboys are installing a new defensive scheme this season, there’s no reason for the Cowboys to be anything but patient with Ratliff’s recovery. He’s been around long enough that they should have confidence about his ability to pick up the mental side of things while he’s rehabbing and there’s plenty of time for him to get to game speed if he makes a relatively swift recovery.

The bigger issue for the Cowboys might be that Ratliff’s starting off this year the way he spent all of 2012. Ratliff missed 10 games last season because of a variety of injuries and he wouldn’t be the first veteran defensive lineman — Ratliff turns 32 in August — to see his body betray him at this point in his career. If that’s the case, a defensive line already thinned by the Achilles injury suffered by defensive end Tyrone Crawford would be severely stretched.

Last year taught the Cowboys a harsh lesson about how well that turns out, so it would be best for everyone in Dallas if Ratliff gives them no reason to rethink their unconcerned response to his injury.

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5 Responses to “Jay Ratliff has “mild” hamstring strain”
  1. pillowporkers says: Jul 22, 2013 2:38 PM

    Good thing they traded back to take some Center and passed on Sharrif Floyd who just fell into their laps. Why was he 5th on their board and then they didn’t take him? Jerry, you make no sense.

    “Thank you for Randy Moss, thank you for Sharrif Floyd.”
    –Every Vikings fan ever

  2. ccjcsr says: Jul 22, 2013 2:42 PM

    This guy needs to step up and stop with the nonsense, not too bright of a guy who geta a DUI a week after a teammate kills another in the same related offense.

    Get it together your embarassing America’s Team!

    #CowboyNation

  3. 10and46httr says: Jul 22, 2013 3:04 PM

    Well the bridge players are starting to fall one by one. You ask what may a bridge player be, oh they are most of the cowboys team that is bridging through till Jones rebuilds next year. Its blow up season Boys. Bottom dwellers in Big D , beings Romo has put on some pounds maybe they should call it Big Mc D’S.

  4. 10and46httr says: Jul 22, 2013 3:06 PM

    America’s Team lol, more like Americas Most Wanted.

  5. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 22, 2013 6:55 PM

    They need to be concerned because Ratliff will have trouble staying healthy and isn’t he going to be suspended a few gaames for a DUI?

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