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November 09, 2012

Ratliff says he'll have to deal with plantar fasciitis all year, but 'in this business, being hurt is not an excuse'

Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff said the plantar fasciitis in his foot is something he’s going to have to play with all year, but that the injuries to his foot – including a high ankle sprain last year and a normal sprain last week – won’t stop him.

“Any time you get hurt, yes, it’s frustrating, but I’ve been down this road before,” he said Friday at Valley Ranch. “From experience, you really can’t sit here and dwell on that. All you can do is just move forward, even if the injury is fresh. It’s still behind you, you just got to figure out a way to get it done and adapt. In this business, being hurt is not an excuse.”

Ratliff is 13th on the team with 17 tackles, one for loss, and has seven quarterback pressures despite playing only four games. He missed the first four games recovering from the plantar fasciitis – inflammation of the connective tissue at the bottom of the foot – he suffered last season. Last week, he suffered an ankle sprain shortly before halftime but returned to play in the second half.

He did not practice Wednesday or Thursday but returned to practice on Friday on a limited basis.

“I’ve got a love for the game. I just want to do the best that I can,” he said. “Even if you’re hurt, there’s no excuses.”

Ratliff talked about the effects of the injuries on his left foot.

“If you hurt a part of your body, the rest of your body is going to compensate,” he said. “Unfortunately, I had a few things going wrong on this leg. The plantar fasciitis, the high ankle sprain and now just the regular ankle sprain. But that’s nothing that’s going to stop me.”

Asked if the fasciitis is completely cleared up, he said, “It’s just one of those nagging things that you have to play with through the year.”

He laughed and said, “So it’s really nothing, you know what I mean? You really want to hear about that? I really don’t want to talk about it."

He laughed again and said, "It’s all good.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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