Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Jay Ratliff has been on the sidelines throughout the team’s training camp in Oxnard, California and there is some doubt that he will not hit the practice field while the team is in California. While Ratliff may not be ready for the team’s preseason home opener, there is little doubt from the team that he will be prepared for the start of the regular season.
“I think he’s fine,’’ executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “He’s right on. We don’t have any concerns right now with Jay.
“I think he’s moving in a good direction as far as we’re concerned.’’
The team will leave Oxnard on August 16 after five more practices. Having Ratliff healthy for the start of the season is going to be crucial, but they would still like to see him get on the practice field before then as the team continues to transition to the new system of defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. Ratliff may be behind the learning curve, but at least he will be able to help the team when it counts.
The Cowboys open the season at home against the division rival New York Giants.