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Jason Garrett: Jay Ratliff returning to Cowboys despite DUI, injuries

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08:29 AM ET 02.23 | Jay Ratliff's status with the team seemed uncertain after he was arrested last month in Grapevine on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. It was the latest negative episode for the 31-year-old defensive tackle, who verbally sparred with owner Jerry Jones in December and suffered through an injury-plagued 2012 season in which he played only six games. But when asked Friday at the NFL scouting combine if he expects Ratliff to be on the roster in 2013, head coach Jason Garrett didn't hesitate. "Absolutely," Garrett said. Jay Ratliff is an outstanding football player," Garrett said. "He's been a Pro Bowl player for us. He plays with a great demeanor for us, great desire and passion for the game... The biggest thing with Jay is just to get him healthy, first and foremost, and get him back to playing the way he's capable of playing. The real positive thing is, in the games he played, he really played like Jay Ratliff plays. He's really excited about that -- what he did on tape. We've just got to get him healthy and going again."

Dallas Morning News

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February 23, 2013  08:34 AM ET

They kinda need DLs, switching to a 4-3 and he can make plays.

(They need OLs even more so him staying means they have one more pick to possibly get an OL in the draft)

February 23, 2013  08:39 AM ET

Suspected DUI, that's it??? Bloody amateur in the NFL!

February 23, 2013  09:35 AM ET

Well, they have little choice really. He is a $7 million cap hit this season. They may ask him to do a little restructuring of that contract extension they gave him in 2011.

February 23, 2013  09:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Well, they have little choice really. He is a $7 million cap hit this season. They may ask him to do a little restructuring of that contract extension they gave him in 2011.

This...

If he's not in jail.

February 23, 2013  09:51 AM ET

Romo only played about 6 games......why are they ragging on Jay?

February 23, 2013  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Suspected DUI, that's it???

Only because he hasn't been convicted yet...


He will be.

February 23, 2013  10:31 AM ET

This guy gets a job and Titus young cant??

February 23, 2013  10:47 AM ET

All is foregiven Jay!!! Say three Hail Marys! His response, "Three Hail Marys"!!!!!

February 23, 2013  12:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

All is foregiven Jay!!! Say three Hail Marys! His response, "Three Hail Marys"!!!!!

He's a Cowboy. His response should be:

Roger Staubach
Roger Staubach
Drew Pearson

 
February 23, 2013  05:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

All is foregiven Jay!!! Say three Hail Marys! His response, "Three Bloody Marys"!!!!!

Fixed.

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