Found September 07, 2013 on Football and Futbol:
Jay Ratliff (Dallas Cowboys Facbook Page) The injury bug has struck again along the Dallas front line. Defensive tackle Ben Bass will likely miss a full month of action as the result of a separated shoulder he suffered in Friday’s practice. To make room on the roster, The Cowboys have moved Bass to IR and signed back DT Jerome Long, who was one of the team’s final cuts during training camp. Long is familiar with the schemes and playbook which is fortunate given the void he’ll likely need to fill for the time being. The signing is just one of many roster moves in the past week for Dallas as the team continues to prepare for its Sunday Night Showdown against the division rival New York Giants. The starting unit, meanwhile, has several key players fighting to get back from injury. Pro Bowl defensive end and Franchise tagged Anthony Spencer has officially been listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game, having yet to practice following his July 25th knee surgery. At defensive tackle, the much maligned Jay Ratliff has been placed on the physically unable to perform list thanks to a strained hamstring suffered during an early conditioning test. Since that time, the, 4 time Pro Bowler has continually avoided team trainers and drawn the ire of fans while continuing to fall further behind on his projected rehab schedule. The team hopes to have him back for their Week 6 match up against Washington. The Cowboys have tried to bring in some depth to fill the noticeable voids, sending conditional draft picks to both Indianapolis and Kansas City to acquire defensive ends Caesar Rayford and Edgar Jones. Rayford, in particular, is an intriguing story, having amassed 22.5 sacks during his 3 year stint in the Arena Football League. But when no NFL teams came calling, Rayford joined the CFL and played for two seasons with the Lions before eventually signing this year with Indianapolis. In 4 preseason games as a Colt, Rayford recorded 5 sacks and 11 tackles. Now a member of the Dallas Cowboys, the 27 year old has finally found a home in the NFL and he’s eager to prove he belongs. According to a report featured on ESPN Dallas, Rayford joked, ”Some people get in front doors, some people get in the back doors, but guys like me have to climb the house and jump through the chimney. That’s been my journey. It’s been long and hard and I stayed the course and now I’m here.” Edgar Jones is expected by many to contribute only on special teams this year but that could always change. Last season’s injury pandemic forced Dallas on a number of occasions to dip into its special teams roster and thrust players into starting roles. And while that did reveal a handful of solid players, the team would like to avoid testing its depth, or lack thereof, again.
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