The Dallas Cowboys camp lost one of its key competitors as Dallas placed Jay Ratliff on the PUP/Reserve list. The team’s official website reported on Aug. 27 that he will be unable to return to play now until Oct. 20.
When Monte Kiffin came to Dallas to play the role of defensive coordinator, he switched back to the 4-3 defense and many people, including Jerry Jones, believed that Ratliff would anchor the middle of that defensive line. However, various injuries hampered his start.
Jay Ratliff suffered from both a hamstring and groin injury in Dallas Cowboys camp, the later being the most disturbing. Last December Ratliff’s season ended with a sports hernia surgery, and the groin injury makes it look like he has not healed completely from that surgery yet.
Ratliff still has a chance to return in 2013, and Cowboys’ Vice President Stephen Jones believes that he will at one point, calling the defensive tackle a competitor.
While Ratliff might still return, two players who won’t make it back this year include Tyrone Crawford and Ryan Cook. Crawford has a torn Achilles while Ryan Cook is suffering from back issues. Cook was almost a roster cut, thanks to his long running series of injuries, but the IR list means Dallas will give him another chance when the Dallas Cowboys camp in 2014 rolls around.