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August 11, 2013

Jason Garrett: Ratliff still rehabbing but wants him to play in the preseason, unlike owner

 Coach Jason Garrett said defensive tackle Jay Ratliff is rehabbing not only from a hamstring injury but also from off-season hernia surgery.

“It’s a little bit of a combination, getting stronger from the surgery but also the hamstring was an incident that happens we have to deal with,” Garrett said.

Ratliff, who missed 10 games last season with various injuries, including the sports hernia, has not practiced during training camp. He hurt his hamstring during the conditioning test on opening day.

The Cowboys, though, hope to see him before the start of the season.

“The plan is we want to see him play in the preseason,” Garrett said. “Regardless of how much you have played in this league, you want to have a little work before the regular season starts. We will take it day by day.”

Garrett's perspective is different from that of owner Jerry Jones who said on Friday that he didn't care if Ratliff played in the preseason at all as long as he was ready for the season opener against the Giants Sept. 8

"I’m interested in him being in shape," Jones said. "I’m interested in him having the best chance to play as much as he can during the season. I don’t have any desire to see him make a lot of plays in preseason. I know what he can do.

"So our goal should be – and I know it’s his – to get him out there so he’s lined up against the Giants and will stay on the field all the way through the season, relative to any injuries or anything like that.

"It’s unique, because we know what he is and we see what he is physically right now. He’s very capable of playing at the level that he’s always played at. We’ve just got to not get in a hurry there."

Clarence Hill 

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