Jerry Jones doesn't think Ratliff should be playing for Bears

Jerry Jones doesn't think Ratliff should be playing for Bears
December 6, 2013, 1:45 pm
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Scott Krinch

The departure of defensive lineman Jeremiah Ratliff isn't sitting well with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

If Jones had it his way, Ratliff would be on the field helping the Cowboys in their quest to reach the postseason or he shouldn't even be playing football at all.

Jones made an appearance on 105.3 The Fan in the Dallas area and continued to express his opinion on the Ratliff situation.

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"Ratliff ought to be right here with the Cowboys right now," Jones said. "That has a lot of reasons why but that's where he should be. I am surprised he's playing football up there relative to his doctors and relative to his opinion of where his health was when he left here."

These comments were made just three days after Jones told the Dallas Morning News how frustrating it's been to see Ratliff in a different uniform.

"I wish him the best on an individual basis," Jones said. "With the shape that we're in our defensive front, as far as I'm concerned, he needs to be over here helping the Dallas Cowboys."

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Ratliff, a four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle, was released by the Cowboys on Oct. 16 after spending six weeks on the PUP list while recovering from a sports hernia injury.

The 32-year-old Ratliff wasn't expected to play this season, but the Bears took a chance on the veteran tackle by signing him on Nov. 2. He was cleared by doctors and played in his first game in a over a year in last Sunday's Week 13 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. He recorded an assisted tackle in 23 snaps.

After lobbying for more snaps, Bears head coach Marc Trestman indicated that Ratliff would receive more playing time against the Cowboys.

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Regardless of how his time in Dallas ended, Ratliff won't be approaching Monday night's game any differently than he normally would.

"It's just another game," Ratliff said. "It's just football. I don't get caught up in all that silly rivalry stuff or some payback. The thing is we're here to win and we're going to give every effort to do that."