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Source: Jay Ratliff won't practice in California

8/8/2013

OXNARD, Calif. -- While he's progressing in his rehab from a strained hamstring, Cowboys starting defensive tackle Jay Ratliff won't practice in training camp until the team returns to Dallas according to a source.

Ratliff injured his hamstring while passing the mandatory conditioning test on July 20. Ratliff hasn't practiced at all this summer but team officials aren't concerned about his long-term health.

"I think he's fine, he's moving along," Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said after Wednesday's practice. "No set time on him."

When asked if Ratliff would practice in Oxnard, Jones said, "I wouldn't dismiss anything. He's moving along."

Ratliff started 64 consecutive games before he missed the 2012 season opener with an ankle injury.

He did play six games, picking up just one tackle for loss but had 10 quarterback pressures. Ratliff underwent sports hernia surgery in December which ended his season.

The Cowboys break camp Aug. 16.