Dallas Cowboys: Jeremiah Ratliff

Cowboys to see Ratliff again in 2014

March, 6, 2014
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IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys were not keen to see Jeremiah Ratliff (we know him as Jay) sign with the Chicago Bears last season after they released him off the physically unable to perform list with a groin injury.

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In the "Monday Night Football" meeting at Soldier Field last season, Ratliff started, had three tackles and a sack -- his first since Week 13, 2011 -- in what was the second-worst loss of the Cowboys' season.

Ratliff signed a two-year deal with the Bears on Wednesday, and the Cowboys will get to see him again in 2014 at Soldier Field. The exact date will come out in a few weeks when the NFL releases the schedule.

The Cowboys cut Ratliff after they believed he would not be able to play in 2013 because of lingering issues with a sports hernia surgery. He failed the conditioning test to start training camp and was placed on PUP. He rehabbed mostly away from the facility and his agent initially said Ratliff would sit out the 2013 season to get healthy -- only to pronounce shortly thereafter his client would be able to work out for teams.

Ratliff will be reunited with his former defensive line coach with the Cowboys, Paul Pasqualoni. They were paired in 2010 in which Ratliff made the Pro Bowl and had 3.5 sacks. Ratliff played in five games for the Bears in 2013 and had 14.5 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a tackle for loss.

For those wondering if the Cowboys will attempt to recoup some money from Ratliff, it remains an option.

A look at Cowboys' season-ending injuries

December, 28, 2013
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IRVING, Texas -- When quarterback Tony Romo underwent season-ending back surgery Friday morning, he became the ninth Cowboys player lost for the season due to injury.

You could say it's 10 players lost if you want to throw in defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff, who said he hadn't recovered from a groin injury which prompted the Cowboys to release him. He subsequently signed with the Bears.

Of the other nine, Romo's departure is the biggest. A review of the injured:

Ben Bass: The defensive end was a projected backup to a unit beset by injuries. His shoulder is nearly healed and he should be ready in time for the 2014 season.

Ryan Cook: He was a longshot to make the roster, and when his back didn't heal enough for him to make the roster it was time to move on. It's doubtful that the veteran offensive lineman returns.

Tyrone Crawford: A torn Achilles in the first week of training camp ended the defensive end's season quickly and put the Cowboys in a bind at defensive line. Crawford is now doing on-the-field rehab work, so he should be good for offseason workouts.

Lance Dunbar: Injuries hampered his season. He was just starting to make an impact when he injured his knee in the fourth quarter of the Thanksgiving Day win over Oakland. The Cowboys like the running back's change-of-pace ability, and he should be given a chance to regain that role in 2014.

Justin Durant: The veteran just couldn't recover in enough time from a hamstring injury to help the linebacker corps. Durant was signed to play the strong side and he had good moments, but his health got in the way of making more of an impact.

Matt Johnson: Johnson hasn't played a down in his first two seasons. A hamstring issue his rookie season and an ankle injury late in training camp put him on the shelf. The Cowboys have to make a decision on whether it's worth keeping the safety around.

Tony Romo: The starting quarterback was knocked around at times this season but he showed an amazing level of toughness to finish the game at Washington last week while his back was throbbing. Romo is projected to return in time for the OTAs.

Anthony Spencer: Spencer's knee bothered him during training camp and the projected starter at defensive end underwent microfracture surgery after playing in just one game. He becomes a free agent after the season, so it will be interesting if the Cowboys offer him a deal.

Brian Waters: The veteran guard was a solid contributor in the five games he started before a torn triceps ended his season. Waters is unsure about whether he wants to play again. He turns 37 on Feb. 18, and the Cowboys might pass on giving him another contract.

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