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Cowboys Release Defensive Tackle Jay Ratliff

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Dallas Cowboys have finally decided to cut ties with defensive tackle Jay Ratliff. The team has released the former Pro Bowler after being unable to get on the field this season due to injury.

Due to various injuries, Ratliff had yet to suit up for the team, but due to his physical issues as well as his behavior off the field, the team decided to move on.

"First let me say thank you to the Dallas Cowboys and Jerry Jones for taking a chance on me in 2005," Ratliff said in a statement via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Cowboys and it was always my desire to begin and end my career here in Dallas. But I understand this is a business and now it's time to move on, turn the page, and begin again."

Ratliff was selected in the seventh round by the Cowboys in the 2005 draft. They took a roll of the dice on him and it paid off. The 32-year-old Ratliff proceeded to have a very productive career with the Cowboys, and emerged as one of the best nose tackles in the NFL.

In eight seasons, Ratliff totaled 27.0 sacks.

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