Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is feeling the pressure to win and he wants his best players on the field now more then ever. One player who has been off the field for nearly a month is nose tackle Jay Ratliff. Ratliff missed his seventh game of the season on Sunday.
Ratliff has been dealing with groin, ankle and foot problems. It has been a difficult season for a one time pro-bowl player.
Of course there was a little activity becasue of all this. As Mike Fisher of 105.3 the fan reports, Jones and Ratliff had a verbal argument following the Cowboys win against Philadelphia last Sunday night.
… after Dallas beat the Eagles, Ratliff engaging in what sources call a “volcanic’’ and jaw-to-jaw exchange with none other than Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. “They’re both passionate men and great men and they want to win, that’s all it is,’’ one source said. “But they were in each other’s faces. People had to intervene.’’
In six games, Ratliff has 25 tackles and 10 quarterback pressures and no sacks. Jones habitually approaches players in the post game locker room to either congratulate or console.
Apparently Jones started the conversation by telling Ratliff that the team needed him on the field. Ratliff got upset, stood up and called Jones an old man. Jones did not back down according to reports. It was then that additional parties had to step in and separate the two.
Clearly there is no guarantee that Ratliff will return to the team in 2013 but right now Jones and Cowboy fans simply want to see him on the field this season.