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February 13, 2013

Garrett "very disappointed" in Jay Ratliff's arrest last month for DWI

Jason Garrett said he has talked to defensive tackle Jay Ratliff since Ratliff was arrested Jan. 22 on a driving while intoxicated charge after hitting an 18-wheeler and a highway median with his car. His arrest came 44 days after Ratliff’s backup, Josh Brent, was arrested for intoxicated manslaughter as the driver in a single-car wreck that killed his passenger, practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown.

Ratliff’s blood-alcohol content was twice the legal limit.

“Very disappointed, and obviously having one situation like that is one too many,” Garrett said. “We’re trying to do …everything we can to help our players make the right decisions, and we’ll continue to do that going forward.”

Garrett said the legal process will have to “play out” before a decision is made on Ratliff’s future. Ratliff faces possible discipline from the league.

Ratliff, who played in only six games, with no sacks, has five years left on his contract. He is scheduled to make $5 million and count $7 million against the cap.

The Cowboys met with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, whose national office is in Las Colinas, after the Super Bowl. MADD chief executive officer Debbie Weir has met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at least twice since Brown's death, and she attended Goodell's state of the NFL address at the Super Bowl when he was asked about Ratliff and what more the league can do to curtail drinking and driving by its players.

-- Charean Williams

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