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Thursday, December 22, 2011
Jay Ratliff, DeMarcus Ware limited again

By Tim MacMahon


IRVING, Texas – Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan hopes that outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware and nose tackle Jay Ratliff will be able to play every down against the Eagles.

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Ware (stinger) and Ratliff (rib muscle strain) sat out the second half of last week’s win over Tampa Bay to rest nagging injuries. They’ve been limited participants in practice this week.

“Are we at full strength? Hey, nobody is this time of year,” Ryan said. “We’re as close to full strength as you could possibly be at this time of year. Again, we don’t have to make excuses. All we got to do is play great. That’s all.”

Cornerback Mike Jenkins (shoulder), right guard Kyle Kosier (foot) and receiver Laurent Robinson (shoulder) were also limited in practice this week. They all have been dealing with those injuries for weeks and are expected to play against the Eagles.

Running back Felix Jones (hamstring), safety Danny McCray (ankle), receiver Andre Holmes (hamstring), nose tackle Josh Brent (knee) and receiver Kevin Ogletree (knee) did not participate again in Thursday’s practice.