Two-time Pro Bowl nose tackle Jay Ratliff has been one of the standouts on Dallas’ defensive line over the past few years. What makes his performance more impressive is that he has been playing with two bad elbows.
Ratliff’s pain was so bad that he was unable to bench press until Monday. He did not share his injury with the coaches and training staff.
X-rays show Ratliff has been playing with bone spurs in each of his elbows.
“Played the last three years with bad elbows,” Ratliff said on a NFL.com chat. “It was kept quiet because I never talked to anybody about it. When I told the trainers, nobody knew how serious it was until I asked them to do an X-ray and they saw the bone spurs. … Today was the first day that I benched press in two years, and it felt good. No pain at all. So I am excited about that.”
Ratliff said after veteran minicamp that he was not yet at 100%, but he was getting there.
He has been one of the most exciting and dominating players on the Cowboys defense with the two bad elbows, so imagine the impact he will make when he finally reaches 100%.