Nose tackle Jay Ratliff got into a play in practice on Thursday before anybody knew it. He was only supposed to do individual drills.
“What he is trying to do is put his pads on and go through individual, and he snuck himself into one play yesterday, and that’s not going to happen today,” coach Jason Garrett said.
“He has a relentless nature about him, so sometimes we have to protect him from himself.”
Ratliff is recovering from plantar fasciitis, a painful injury of the foot. It limited his work in the offseason and in training camp to this point.
Garrett said Ratliff won’t play on Monday night against Oakland, is possible for the San Diego game and more likely for the third preseason game.
So how did he get in that one play?
“Well, again, he just sneaks in the huddle, and sometimes you lose track of things,” Garrett said. “He’s always in the huddle: ‘Wait a second. Get him out of there.’ So it was one of those kind of deals. But that’s his nature. Like I said, he’s a relentless player. He loves to play, he loves to work at it. It’s killing him to be away from it. We just need to ease him in the right way.”
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