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October 14, 2013

Ratliff's agent on the NBC Report that the Cowboys are done with his client: "That's news to me"

Jay Ratliff's agent Mark Slough appeared to be blindsided by a report on NBC that the Cowboys have are done with his client.

 NBC sideline reporter Michele Tafoya made her report based on a conversation she had with Jerry Jones.

According to Tafoya: “My interpretation based on Jerry Jones’ body language and his tone is that Jay Ratliff will not be playing for the Cowboys anymore.”

Slough's response: "News to me. That has not been communicated to me. If a decision like that has been made, I don't know about it."

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones also distanced himself from the report after the game. He said no decision has been made on Ratliff.

“I’m not familiar with that report,” Jones said  “Didn’t hear it, and certainly our plans are to visit, not only with him, but medical, look and see what we’re going to do with our timing on any pup or IR considerations. But we’ve still got a lot of work and decisions to make there."

Ratliff hasn’t played since he hurt his groin last November and underwent surgery for a sports hernia. He missed all training camp and the preseason because of the hernia and a hamstring injury, forcing the Cowboys to place him the physically unable to perform list.

Ratliff is eligible to return to action this week.

That appears unlikely. The question now is when and/or if.
“I’m not optimistic,” Vice-President Stephen Jones said.  “I’m not pessimistic. I want to get more information. And we’re just where we need to give it, it’s that time, we said we’d give him, give it the six weeks. And now we need to sit down with him, see exactly where we are, and we’ll certainly comment further after we get a chance to visit with him."
The Cowboys have until November 4 to activate him from the PUP list or put him on season-ending injured reserved.
One other option is to cut him out right.
Cutting now Ratliff will still cost nearly $7 million in dead money next year, though it would save them more than $1 million in cap room because his $8.2 million base salary. He would off be the books in 2015.

Clarence Hill


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IMO, bring him back and throw him in. If he plays well - great. If he doesn't - there's your decision. He's of no use right now and just presents a distraction. Use him and see what he has left. If he comes up lame again, or doesn't perform then your decision is made.

Odds are he doesn't play well, but if he does then maybe he can earn some of that money.

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