NFL Injuries: Dallas Cowboys Lose Key Starter

By Jesus Flores
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The Dallas-Ft. Worth area sports scene got dealt another blow on Thursday when the Los Angeles Angels announced the signing of Josh Hamilton.

If you remember, this NBA off-season the Dallas Mavericks were shunned by Deron Williams after all signs pointed to him signing with the Mavs.  In a similar move, Hamilton just signed a five-year deal with the Angels.  All I can say to that is good luck in LA and on the way out, don’t let the door hit you where the good lord split you, Mr. Hamilton.

Also on Thursday, the Dallas Cowboys found out that nose tackle Jay Ratliff could be done for the season after “undergoing surgery to repair a sports hernia.”  I’m not a doctor, I don’t know Ratliff or his agent, and I don’t know for certain that Ratliff actually had surgery to repair anything.

What I do know is that Ratliff had been battling lower leg problems all season and that he recently got into a dispute with Jerry Jones.  During that argument, it was said that they almost came to blows.

Ratliff’s salary cap number this season was $5.2 million, and it will be $7 million next season.  I don’t see the Cowboys paying him that type of money given the fallout with the ownership and his steady decline in production since 2008.

It’s a bad ending for one of the better stories of former seventh-round picks that greatly surpassed their expectations.  As of today, I don’t see Ratliff being back with the team next season.

The team hasn’t released a statement on whether or not Ratliff will end up on injured reserve, or if they’ll hang on to him for a possible playoff run.

Jesus Flores is a Dallas Cowboys writer for  Follow him on Twitter @SSgtFlo1

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