The Dallas Cowboys parted ways with defensive tackle Jay Ratliff this season. Then he signed with the Bears, changed his name to Jeremiah and began playing though he hadn’t played with the Cowboys all season.
“Well, I’m sure he will, if he can, be inspired by playing his old team,” Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM], via the Dallas Morning News. “I wish him the best on an individual basis. It’s just it would be very frustrating to see him get in there and play when most thought that he couldn’t play when he left us, as far as he was concerned and his approach to what he was going to be doing this year.
“And so with all of that in mind, I look at that and I have always thought a lot of him as a pro football player, and with the shape that we’re in on our defensive front, as far as I’m concerned, he needs to be over here helping the Dallas Cowboys.”
Ratliff ended up playing 44 snaps for the Bears, or 80 percent of their defensive plays. That had to aggravate Jerry Jones.
“It’s just business. They get rid of you, somebody else wants you and they’re on the schedule, that’s how it goes, so be it,” Ratliff said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I’m really enjoying myself.”
Ratliff even recored a sack.
“Anytime you get a sack, especially after over a year of not being on the field, it feels good,” Ratliff said. “It feels real good to get back in the game and definitely play a lot more, body held up good.
“It’s just a blessing to be here right now. I’m just thanking God.”