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