Jay Ratliff is the most absent — and most present — Dallas Cowboy at Valley Ranch this week. We haven’t seen him for weeks, but he’s eligible to come off the physically unable to perform list.
The Cowboys could sure use him, thanks to a litany of injuries, yet there seems to be little optimism that Ratliff will do anything more than sit and get paid.
Even Jerry Jones, ever the bastion of Cowboys optimism, can’t seem to spin this well. When NBC’s Michelle Tafoya asked Jones about Ratliff before Sunday night’s game with Washington, Jones’ body language was palpable enough to leave Tafoya saying that Ratliff not only might not be back this season, but that he also might never return to the field in a Cowboys uniform.
Note: This story was written hours before the Cowboys cut Ratliff.
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