According to Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com, there’s been some tension between Jay Ratliff and the Dallas Cowboys strength and conditioning staff, which likely explains why he ended up on the PUP list to begin the upcoming regular season.
Ratliff reportedly hinted to the media that he was having problems with the s Cowboys’ strength and conditioning staff on Wednesday just after being placed on the PUp list to begin the season.
Ratliff underwent surgery for a sports hernia in December, ending an injury-plagued 2012 season that saw him play in just six games. Ratliff didn’t attend every rehab session at Valley Ranch, ultimately preventing him from starting the season on time.
Ratliff will remain on the PUP list and miss the first six weeks of the regular season. Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones called Ratliff missing the start of the season “a setback.”
Sources told ESPNDallas.com that there was tension between Ratliff and the strength and conditioning staff, which is widely considered among the best in the NFL.
Ratliff has been frustrated by the rehab process and said that was one of the reasons he stayed away.
In comparison, defensive end DeMarcus Ware, coming off shoulder surgery, attended his rehab sessions and was ready to practice at the start of training camp.