All summer, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has shrugged off concerns that defensive tackle Jay Ratliff’s inability to practice or play this summer would somehow impact the team during the regular season.
We’re getting close to cutdown day, though, and Ratliff still hasn’t been able to shake the groin and hamstring injuries that have kept him on the sideline. That’s led to more questions about whether Ratliff will be ready to get on the field when the season opens and a little bit of wavering from Jones on his belief that Ratliff will be ready to roll despite his long stay on the shelf.
On Saturday, Jones said, via the team’s website, that the team would have to keep an eye on Ratliff to keep him from “coming out too early” and he said on 105.3 The Fan Tuesday that the possibility of Ratliff staying on the PUP list and missing the team’s first six games is growing.
“It’s certainly more of a possibility than I would’ve ever thought two to three weeks ago,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. “But we’ve got to look at the next two weeks, carefully look at his progress over the next two weeks.”
The Cowboys could place Ratliff on the active PUP list now to help them get to 75 players, but Jones’ words suggest they’ll give him more time to progress before making any move that keeps Ratliff off the field into the regular season.