- Todd Archer, ESPN Staff Writer
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Jones has missed the past two games because of a groin injury and was ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles before the surgery was announced. Dr. William Meyers performed the surgery on Jones.
Dr. Meyers performed a sports hernia surgery on Jay Ratliff last December, but the defensive tackle was unable to return and was cut by the Cowboys on Wednesday. Ratliff’s agent, Mark Slough, said the surgery was more severe than a typical sports hernia surgery because two tendons had ripped from Ratliff’s pelvis. The Cowboys had hoped Ratliff would have returned for a possible playoff run last season but Slough said Wednesday the recovery was 12 months all along. Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones mentioned a “difference of opinion,” when addressing Ratliff’s condition and the team’s decision to cut him.
By placing Jones on the short-term IR list, he can return to practice in six weeks and get back to game action Dec. 15 against the Green Bay Packers. Jones had five tackles, three pressures and one pass breakup in four games.
The Cowboys will not fill Jones’ roster spot before Sunday’s game.