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IRVING (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas Cowboys made the inevitable official on Wednesday, cutting ties with former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jay Ratliff.
Ratliff, who has been recovering from a hamstring injury, was placed on the IR/PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list before the season began.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones hinted on Tuesday that the team was close to making a decision on Ratliff, who has not seen the field in 2013.
“We’ve got a situation that’s not positive as to him getting out on the field,” said Jones on 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday. “We’re going to see as we go through this week what we’re going to do technically — that’s his roster status.”
The Cowboys drafted Ratliff in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft (224th overall) out of Auburn. In 104 games, the DT has collected 158 total tackles and 27 sacks. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in four consecutive seasons from 2008 to 2011.
The veteran injured his groin in Week 7 of 2012 against Washington and missed the remainder of the season. He underwent surgery during the offseason to address the injury.
Ratliff was arrested in January after his pickup truck collided with a 18-wheeler on State Highway 114 in Grapevine. After refusing a Breathalyzer, Ratliff’s blood test revealed a BAC of 0.16.
In August, a judge delayed his trial until February 2013 — well after the NFL season.
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