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Will Cowboys take legal action against Jay Ratliff?

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08:38 AM ET 11.03 | So when Cowboys owner Jerry Jones uses the term "legal matter" when talking about former Cowboys defensive tackle Jay Ratliff, what is Jones referring to? Under the labor deal between the NFL and the NFLPA, the team's only potential legal recourse comes from the filing of a so-called non-injury grievance under Article 43. Both the Cowboys and the NFL have advised PFT that no grievance has been filed against Ratliff, yet. Under Article 43, Section 2, it must be filed within 50 days of the date of the thing that the grievance relates to. Reading between the lines of the recent article from the team's official magazine regarding Ratliff, the Cowboys possibly would argue that Ratliff pretended to be injured when he really wasn't, ultimately forcing the team to put keep him on the Physically Unable to Perform list when he actually was healthy, and then to move on when it became apparent that he no longer intended to play for the team. Under that theory, the potential recovery would consist of the salary and bonus allocation for the first six weeks of the 2013 regular season, and possibly the full signing bonus allocation for 2013 through the end of the contract.

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November 3, 2013  08:51 AM ET

Throw the book at him if he pretended to be injuried when he was healthy.

November 3, 2013  08:54 AM ET

They should sue the entire team for stealing a paycheck last week.

November 3, 2013  08:59 AM ET

Just JJ being JJ. He says stuff all the time. He feeds off of air time. Nothing will come of any of it.

November 3, 2013  08:59 AM ET

I never uderstood why Cowbos didn't move Ratlif to end. He has a high motor but was a bit undersized to play the middle, and the wear and tear added up.

November 3, 2013  09:00 AM ET

His body was starting to break down, Jerry should leave it alone and move on.

November 3, 2013  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

His body was starting to break down, Jerry should leave it alone and move on.

They got a lot of mileage out of him over the years really. 32 years old. A big tank almost empty.

November 3, 2013  09:11 AM ET

A 7th round pick that lasted a long time in the NFL. He beat the odds.

November 3, 2013  09:41 AM ET

"Pretended to be injured when he wasn't ...". Are we talking about Derrick Rose here?

November 3, 2013  09:47 AM ET

JJ should spend more time focusing on improving the Dallas 8 and 8's win loss record. Hmmmmm, they're 4-4, right on track!!

November 3, 2013  09:51 AM ET

Doesn't say much for the Bears if they see this guy as a player. Tells me the Bears are history this year.

November 3, 2013  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

A 7th round pick that lasted a long time in the NFL. He beat the odds.

Ratliff is a class act as well. He never complained about playing as an undersized noseguard when he could have been a stellar DE opposite DWare. And he is one of the most articulate players to ever come out of the SEC. He will be missed in the clubhouse and on the field.

November 3, 2013  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

JJ should spend more time focusing on improving the Dallas 8 and 8's win loss record. Hmmmmm, they're 4-4, right on track!!

Their battle cry has been "We Are Mediocre" ever since the glory days of the 90's.

November 3, 2013  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Doesn't say much for the Bears if they see this guy as a player. Tells me the Bears are history this year.

That would be right. And the fact that they have to wait two more weeks for Ratliff to get well enough to play tells you that the guy is and has been in fact PUP. Cowboys' case would have no merit.

November 3, 2013  10:22 AM ET

Romo is going to throw for 400 today, and their punter might as well not suit up.

November 3, 2013  10:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Romo is going to throw for 400 today, and their punter might as well not suit up.

Wow !!!

November 3, 2013  10:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Doesn't say much for the Bears if they see this guy as a player. Tells me the Bears are history this year.

The Packers own a 31-11 record against the Bears since 1992.

November 3, 2013  10:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Doesn't say much for the Bears if they see this guy as a player. Tells me the Bears are history this year.

*sigh*

November 3, 2013  10:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

JJ should spend more time focusing on improving the Dallas 8 and 8's win loss record. Hmmmmm, they're 4-4, right on track!!

This must be his clever plan to hide the obvious from everyone.

November 3, 2013  10:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

This must be his clever plan to hide the obvious from everyone.

DA BEARS!!

 
November 3, 2013  10:47 AM ET

Hail to the Redskins!!

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