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December 06, 2013

Jerry Jones admits surprise Ratliff is playing this season

The Cowboys didn't expect Jay, who now goes by Jeremiah, Ratliff to play this season. If he did, they expected him to play for them.

The Cowboys did not expect to release Ratliff. Neither did they expect to see him across the field.

Ratliff signed with the Bears on Nov. 2, 17 days after the Cowboys released him.

“Well, Ratliff ought to be, in my opinion, right out here with the Cowboys right now, and that has a lot of reasons why that’s where he should be," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on his weekly radio show on KRLD-FM. "I’m surprised he’s playing football up there, relative to his doctors and relative to his opinion of how his health was when he left here.”

The Cowboys kept Ratliff, a four-time Pro Bowler, on the phsyically unable to perform list for six weeks while he recovered from sports hernia surgery. He played his first game of the season last week with the Bears, making a half tackle in 23 snaps.  

"In the weeks that he’s been here, he worked very, very hard to get ready and to get himself back on the field," Bears coach Marc Trestman said in a conference call Thursday. "His personality has been a great fit for our locker room. While he wasn’t playing, he was with the guys; he was helping them out, coaching our younger guys. I think he’s been a great fit as a personality for our locker room. We see him as just being a great person. He’s brought his family here almost immediately, and he got some reps. He got about 20 something reps on Sunday and played well. So we hope to see more of him this week."

-- Charean Williams

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