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Cowboys Place Jay Ratliff On PUP List

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Despite consecutive Pro Bowl appearances from 2008-11 Cowboys' DL Jay Ratliff's play has been steadily on the decline. Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images.
Despite consecutive Pro Bowl appearances from 2008-11 Cowboys' DL Jay Ratliff's play has been steadily on the decline. Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images.

The Cowboys announced Tuesday that former Pro Bowl NT Jay Ratliff would be placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list to start the season.

Bringing Ratliff back was a questionable decision to begin with given the fact that he played in only six games last season, was arrested for driving while intoxicated, and is still owed over $20 million on a contract that runs through the 2016 season. 

His four straight Pro Bowl appearances from 2008-11 are deceiving, as his numbers have been on the decline since peaking with 51 tackles and 7.5 sacks during the 2008 season.

Ratliff suffered a hamstring injury during his conditioning test leading up to training camp, but Jerry Jones remained optimistic about his status heading into Week 1. Jones reportedly feels that Ratliff, who turns 32 this season, is “in the prime of his career,” and should fit in nicely with the Cowboys’ new defensive scheme.  He won’t be eligible to return until Week 7 at the earliest.

Additionally, the team placed DL Tyrone Crawford and C Ryan Cook on injured reserve Tuesday.