Oct 28, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff (90) points skyward after the offense scored a touchdown against the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Jay Ratliff might not play for Cowboys in 2013


The Dallas Cowboys defensive line took another hit on Sunday when DeMarcus Ware left with an injury. His time table for return has been estimated anywhere from 1-2 weeks t0 3-4 weeks, so when he returns exactly is unknown. Defensive tackle Jay Ratliff has been out all season with an injury.

Franchise player and defensive end Anthony Spencer wasn’t healthy when the seasons tarted, played a bit and then was shut down for the remainder of the season. Defensive end Tyrone Crawford has also been shut down for the season with a torn Achilles.

The Cowboys might have been hoping that Ratliff would be ready to return and help bolster their defense, but that doesn’t look like it will be happening.

According to Clarence Hill of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram: “Jerry Jones said on radio the NBC reporter was accurate regarding Jay Ratliff possibly not playing again this year.”

Ratliff could be headed to injured reserve.

“There’s no question that’s a possibility here,” Jones said

“We’ve got a situation that’s not positive as far as him getting on the field this year,” Jones said, via Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas. “We’re gonna see as we get through this week what we’re going to do technically, [about] his roster status.”

That has left the Cowboys using a makeshift defensive line of Jason Hatcher and Nick Hayden at defensive tackle, and George Selvie and Kyle Wilber at defensive end.

Hatcher performed well getting 6 tackles and two sacks to lead the unit.

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  • JoeDaBeast

    Jason Hatcher has finally gotten out of the shadows of Stephen Bowen and Marcus Spears. He is motivating these “No Name D-Line” to heights no one expected.