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Jerry Jones: Ratliff should be helping the Cowboys


Cowboys owner Jerry Jones handled some medical housekeeping during his Tuesday appearance on KRLD by announcing that linebacker Sean Lee would play against the Bears on Monday.

He also had some thoughts about a formerly injured Cowboy who is now playing for the Bears.

Jeremiah Ratliff went by the name of Jay when he was a longtime member of the Cowboys and he clearly ruffled Jones’ feathers with the way he handled his departure from the team this year. He’s resisted talking about it in the past by referring to it as a legal matter related to Ratliff’s contention that he was more seriously injured than the Cowboys thought before signing with the Bears upon his release by Dallas.

Jones didn’t hold his tongue on Tuesday when asked about facing Ratliff this week. Jones admitted that he’s frustrated to see Ratliff in a Bears uniform when his own defensive line has been thinned out by injuries.

“I wish him the best on an individual basis. It’s just it would be very frustrating to see him get in there and play when most thought that he couldn’t play when he left us, as far as he was concerned and his approach to what he was going to be doing this year,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. “And so with all of that in mind, I look at that and I have always thought a lot of him as a pro football player, and with the shape that we’re in on our defensive front, as far as I’m concerned, he needs to be over here helping the Dallas Cowboys.”

Ratliff said he’s approaching the date with the Cowboys as “just another game,” but it seems there will be a little extra urgency up in the owner’s box.

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22 Responses to “Jerry Jones: Ratliff should be helping the Cowboys”
  1. gallopinggilmore says: Dec 3, 2013 11:37 AM

    Recovering, Dallas born cowboys fan here. I don’t blame Jay at all for leaving. I would hate playing with Romo too.

  2. redfield11 says: Dec 3, 2013 11:42 AM

    Man I hope Ratliff gets flatbacked every single snap he’s in there. So unclassy to take the money from his contract, tell the team he can’t play for another year, get cut and go play just a couple of weeks later for another team.

    Plus he got a DUI 6wks after one of his teammates killed another teammate and went to jail.

    I used to respect him but the last 12-24 months have taught me Ratliff is a scumbag.

  3. joetoronto says: Dec 3, 2013 11:48 AM

    This all started a while back, when Jerrah made yet another comment, saying Ratliff “should be back soon.”

    Meanwhile, he wasn’t close to returning.

    The man is an idiot, an idiot with money, but still an idiot.

  4. dcstinks says: Dec 3, 2013 11:50 AM

    This guy is entertaining..
    May Jerry Live Forever!!!

    –Eagle Fans

  5. myeaglescantwin says: Dec 3, 2013 11:53 AM

    I’m too injured to play for the Cowboys,, as he collects his guaranteed money..

    then when a contract is on the line, he is healthy and ready to go??

    i mean i hate the cowboys,,, but i hate quitters and cowards far more.. This is a punk move out of Ratliff and i question his heart and dedication.

    I hope Phil Costa gets a chance to bust his ass.

  6. donttrip22 says: Dec 3, 2013 11:54 AM

    Let the RAT go Jerry let the RAT go the bears will soon find out what kind of a RAT he is and will regret signing him

  7. granadafan says: Dec 3, 2013 11:56 AM

    Proof positive that Al Davis is alive and well….. in Dallas.

  8. Kaz says: Dec 3, 2013 11:59 AM

    . He’s resisted talking about it in the past by referring to it as a legal matter related to Ratliff’s contention that he was more seriously injured than the Cowboys thought before signing with the Bears upon his release by Dallas.

    So he was more seriously injured then the Cowboys thought yet he’s able to play this season as the Cowboys thought? Um. Ok.

  9. bennyb82 says: Dec 3, 2013 12:04 PM

    Well at least Jerry doesn’t have to worry about Ratliff giving the Bears any inside info…unless the Bears learned something from playing the Lions earlier this year…

  10. tootitan says: Dec 3, 2013 12:07 PM

    “as far as I’m concerned, he needs to be over here helping the Dallas Cowboys.”

    Isn’t there an NFL rule about soliciting a player when he’s signed to another team?

  11. pr0phat69 says: Dec 3, 2013 12:23 PM

    Maybe he doesn’t want to play for an average team with a power hungy owner….. Not everyone wants to be a Comboy Jerry…. just sayin

  12. bigjdve says: Dec 3, 2013 12:43 PM

    I am no Cowboys fan, however Ratliff said that he couldn’t play for some time and then magically he is able to play for another team.

    There should be some sort of repercussion for this as he was obviously lying, or defrauding the Cowboys because he was not honoring his contract.

  13. redfield11 says: Dec 3, 2013 12:48 PM


    ya why be on a 7-5 team when you can be on a 6-6 team, big upgrade.

  14. drbob117 says: Dec 3, 2013 12:58 PM

    You released him, Jerry. If you were interested in protecting your interests , but didn’t want to force a guy that said he was too hurt to play into the lineup, you could have placed him on IR. Then he would have been paid, and next year, you would still have your player. What you wanted was to not have to pay Ratliff anymore, so that’s what you got.

  15. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Dec 3, 2013 1:10 PM

    Just to be clear, the Bears lost 2 in a row, including to a 2-8-1 team, and they are favored to beat Jerry’s Cowgurls who lead the NFC East.

    Jerry you need more than one old has been defensive lineman.

  16. jimthebuilder27 says: Dec 3, 2013 1:27 PM

    Your own defensive line is thin at depth and that’s on you. Well done Skeletor.

  17. pr0phat69 says: Dec 3, 2013 2:11 PM


    They have not played in December yet. We all know how well Romo plays in Decmeber and 7-5 is nothing to be proud about. We all know they will finish 8-8.

  18. farvite says: Dec 3, 2013 2:16 PM

    Then why’d you cut him, Jerrah??!!

  19. rickc402 says: Dec 3, 2013 2:54 PM

    Ratliff is just anouther Haynesworth…he soaked the Cowboys for cash and then became a malcontent. As a Redskins fan, I hope Dallas blows the Bears out and Hatcher introduces himself to Cutler.

  20. thekiddone says: Dec 3, 2013 4:20 PM

    The relationship between the GM and player was very bag. Then the GM cuts the player rather than
    trying to fix the relationship or putting him on IR. Then complains about the player coming back to hurt the team. Maybe the owner should speak to his GM about his decision making.

  21. 700levelvet says: Dec 3, 2013 6:53 PM

    The. “most mediocre franchise in sports”…

  22. notdelusional says: Dec 4, 2013 9:55 AM

    Regardless of your thoughts about the cowboys or JJ, if you look at what ratliff did and try to put that on anyone but the rat himself, you need your head examined. You can get inline behind Jerry for signing the over-30 overachiving lineman to a lucrative extension with two years left on his deal in the first place.

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