Cow­boys’ Ratliff to miss 3-6 weeks with sports her­nia

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS -

Dal­las Cow­boys de­fen­sive tackle Jay Ratliff is un­likely to play again this sea­son af­ter un­der­go­ing sports her­nia surgery.

Cow­boys coach Ja­son Gar­rett said Ratliff had the surgery Thurs­day in Philadel­phia and would be out three to six weeks, mean­ing he would only have a chance to play if Dal­las makes the play­offs.

Gar­rett said Fri­day that the club planned to keep Ratliff on the ac­tive ros­ter.

Ratliff has played in just six games. He missed the first four with a sprained an­kle be­fore a groin in­jury side­lined him last month.

A three-time Pro Bowl player, Ratliff signed a five-year con­tract ex­ten­sion in Septem­ber. He has 25 tack­les and 10 quar­ter­back pres­sures in six games.

Bears: Wide re­ceiver Earl Ben­nett (con­cus­sion), cor­ner­back Tim Jen­nings (shoul­der) and Brian Ur­lacher (ham­string) will miss Sun­day’s game against the Pack­ers.

Dol­phins: Re­ceiver Davone Bess (back) and line­backer Koa Misi (an­kle) have been ruled out of Sun­day’s game against Jack­sonville.

Ea­gles: Philadel­phia (4-10) had four fum­bles, one in­ter­cep­tion and one punt blocked by a team­mate in Thurs­day night’s 34-13 loss to the Ben­gals. That brought the Ea­gles’ turnovers to­tal to an NFL-high 34 in 14 games. They’ve only forced 12.

49ers: The NFL leader with 19½ sacks, Al­don Smith en­ters Sun­day night’s game at New Eng­land three sacks short of Michael Strahan’s NFL record af­ter record­ing at least one sack in seven con­sec­u­tive games and 14 in San Fran­cisco’s past six games.

Giants: Ah­mad Brad­shaw, who has rushed for a team-high 869 yards and five TDs this sea­son, will not play Sun­day at At­lanta be­cause of knee and foot prob­lems.

■ Giants cor­ner­back Prince Amuka­mara was fined $15,750 for a horsec­ol­lar tackle on New Or­leans run­ning back Pierre Thomas on Sun­day.

Jets: De­fen­sive line­man Quin­ton Co­ples was fined $15,000 by the NFL for grab­bing the face­mask of Jaguars quar­ter­back Chad Henne on Sun­day.

Pack­ers: Line­backer Clay Matthews, who has missed the past four games with a ham­string in­jury, will play Sun­day at Chicago. How­ever, safety Charles Wood­son (col­lar­bone), re­ceiver Jordy Nel­son (ham­string), run­ning back James Starks (knee) and de­fen­sive end C.J. Wil­son (knee) won’t play.

Red­skins: Quar­ter­back Robert Grif­fin III prac­ticed for the third straight day on his sprained right knee and is listed as ques­tion­able for Sun­day’s game at Cleve­land.

Seahawks: Cor­ner­back Wal­ter Thur­mond will miss Sun­day’s game against the Bills in Toronto with a ham­string in­jury.

Cow­boys de­fen­sive tackle Jay Ratliff may re­turn if Dal­las makes the play­offs.

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