The Dallas Cowboys hope to have defensive tackle Jay Ratliff back in time for the opening game of the 2013 NFL season against the New York Giants. According to ESPN on Aug. 21, owner Jerry Jones said that he expects to see Ratliff back from his injured hamstring before the season kicks off.
According to sources at Cowboys camp, Ratliff looked good in his conditioning run even after he injured his hamstring, so it might just be the case of Dallas being careful and not rushing him back before they really need to get him back on the field.
Before the season started, Jones said that he had high expectations for Ratliff in Monte Kiffin’s new defensive formations. Jones actually told the Dallas Morning News back in May that he thought Ratliff would “flourish” in the new 4-3 defense. Last season, the defensive tackle only played in six games, suffering from a sports hernia and a plantar fascitis. He also had a verbal altercation with Jerry Jones and was later arrested on DUI charges.
None of that mattered because Jones still has high praise for his veteran defensive lineman. Jones touched on his quickness, agility and speed, and said that Ratliff is a big part of their plans for this year. He said that the new Kiffin defense will “revitalize” Ratliff’s career.
This most recent injury slowed down that progress, but Jones said that Jay Ratliff is improving and there is no reason he shouldn’t be back in time for the Dallas Cowboys season opener against the New York Giants.