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October 10, 2012

Cowboys planning to take a preseason approach with Ratliff's return

The Cowboys are going to go with a preseason model as they bring Jay Ratliff back to action.

“You heard us talk in the preseason about a progression of plays that we want guys to play in preseason game 1, preseason game 2, and it’s no different when a guy like Ratliff comes back into a regular season game,” coach Jason Garrett said. “Obviously, we want him out there as much as we can, but we have to make sure he’s ready to handle that workload.”

Ratliff has not played since the third preseason game, when he suffered a high ankle sprain.

Before that, he had been recovering from plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the tissue in the arch in the foot. So he didn’t get a lot of full-speed work in training camp or in the regular season so far.

“We want to get him out there, but we also know the situation he’s in and we also have some alternatives to get the other guys some snaps,” Garrett said.

-- Carlos Mendez

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