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October 16, 2013

Agent says Ratliff wants to play again: 'He is in excellent shape, looks as good as he ever has'

Jay Ratliff was cut by the Cowboys, but it doesn’t mean his career is over. The 32-year-old defensive tackle wants to play again, his agent said.

“He absolutely, 100 percent wants to play football again,” Mark Slough said in a conference call with DFW reporters Wednesday, hours after the Cowboys announced the release. “He has a passion for the game, he has a love for the game. He has absolutely no intention of not playing again in 2014. If he could’ve played this year, he would’ve been on the field. Those people that ever questioned his loyalty, maybe questioned his desire to play, integrity, all of those things – those questions were misplaced.”

Slough said, “Jay is recovering very well. He is in excellent shape, looks as good as he ever has.”

In a statement read to reporters by Slough, Ratliff did not mention playing again. But he said it was “time to move on, turn the page and begin again.”

Slough said Ratliff’s injury was described incorrectly publicly. It was not merely a sports hernia, it was a “ripping” of muscle from the pelvis in two places, and that he and Ratliff were told it would take a year to heal.

“He knows what people have said about him in questioning why he's not there and does he want to play, does he not want to play, all of these things,” Slough said. “He's seen that. And I can tell you that he wants to play. And he will play. And I think he will play well.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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