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January 22, 2013

Ratliff arrested after refusing sobriety test following collision with 18-wheeler in Grapevine

Cowboys nose guard Jay Ratliff was arrested on suspicion of intoxicated driving after being involved in a car accident in Grapevine on Monday night.

Ratliff collided with an 18-wheeler in the 2800 block of East Highway 114, according to Grapevine police.

He was released on $500 bail Tuesday morning.

Ratliff refused sobriety tests and also refused medical treatment at the scene. He was taken to a nearby hospital to get his blood drawn, which is mandatory.

The Cowboys coaching staff and owner Jerry Jones are in Mobile, Ala., evaluating college talent.

Ratliff under went season-ending surgery in early December after already missing seven games during the season.

He also had a verbal altercation with owner Jerry Jones in the locker room following the Eagles game. Jones reportedly told Ratliff “we need you” and Ratliff took offense, thinking his desire to play was being questioned.

Ratliff got in Jones’ face and said some derisive things before being pulled away.

Jones has since called it a regrettable situation where the emotions of the game the best of both parties. 

Regardless, time will tell if the past three events, including Monday's development, will impact the team's decision whether to release him or bring him back for a ninth season in 2013.

Ratliff had 25 tackles, one tackle for loss and 10 quarterback pressures in six games this season with no sacks, marking a decline his sack numbers for a fifth straight season. Ratliff signed a five-year extension for $40 million in 2011, with $17.5 million guaranteed.  He is set to count $7 million against the cap next season.



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