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Report: Jay Ratliff won’t practice in Oxnard

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The Cowboys are preparing for their second preseason game, but they still don’t have defensive tackle Jay Ratliff back on the field after he tweaked his hamstring during his conditioning test when camp opened on July 20.

David Moore of the Dallas Morning News reports that they won’t be getting him back on the field before the third preseason game either. According to Moore, Ratliff will not practice until after the Cowboys break camp in Oxnard, California on August 16. They play the Cardinals the next day, so Ratliff won’t be on the field for that game and he’ll have his first chance to practice once the team returns to Dallas to continue preparing for the season.

While Ratliff will be on the shelf for nearly a month at that point, the Cowboys aren’t worried at this point about his ability to return with enough time and health to get ready for the regular season.

“I think he’s fine,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “He’s right on. We don’t have any concerns right now with Jay. I think he’s moving in a good direction as far as we’re concerned.”

The Cowboys have had to deal with several injuries on their defensive line since the start of camp, an unhappy reminder of the injuries that bedeviled them on that side of the ball throughout the 2012 season. Ratliff, who missed 10 games, was one of those missing in action in 2012 and a repeat performance is something all parties would prefer to avoid.

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7 Responses to “Report: Jay Ratliff won’t practice in Oxnard”
  1. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 8, 2013 8:45 AM

    And nothing of value was lost.

  2. dirtybird28 says: Aug 8, 2013 8:47 AM

    Must be that Country Club atmosphere.

  3. larrydavid7000 says: Aug 8, 2013 9:00 AM

    Really tell him to cowboy up or treat him with kid gloves. pathetic.

  4. polarbear71 says: Aug 8, 2013 9:06 AM

    Why are they in Cali ??? Talk about rewarding the fine people of Texas.

  5. fatcamper says: Aug 8, 2013 9:19 AM

    The good part for the Cowboys is that they don’t have very good interior offensive linemen, so they match up well with the terrible defensive tackles at practice.

  6. rasta028 says: Aug 8, 2013 10:40 AM

    I live in Oxnard and the river ridge is no country club and please take your scrub team back with you and never come back…

    HTTR!!!

  7. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 8, 2013 1:57 PM

    Stephen didn’t fall too far from the tree. Given Ratliff’s age (31), and the fact he missed 10 games last season with injury, Stephen and Jerry should have been concerned enough before this season to draft a DT.

    Oh and I didn’t even mention that Ratliff likely faces a suspension for his off season DUI.

    Shariff Floyd was on the board before Dallas moved down from the 18 spot.

    Expecting Ratliff to hold up this seaosn is foolish by the Jones.

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