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Cowboys Hopeful Ratliff Will Be Back vs Ravens

The Cowboys got good news Monday, as the club is expecting four-time Pro Bowl nose tackle Jay Ratliff to return for Sunday’s game against vs the Ravens.

The nose tackle has missed the first four games of 2012 with a high ankle sprain. He suffered the injury in the teams third preseason game.

Josh Brent has taken over at the nose tackle spot, along with Sean Lissemore on some defensive formations.

“Jay is one of the top defensive players in this league,” defensive end Marcus Spears said. “You miss a guy like that. Josh and Liss did a great job for us and they played great football and those guys stepped in and really did what they had to do to help us win.

“Getting Jay back is like getting three guys back in the nickel packages and the base packages, and teams actually gameplan for Jay Ratliff. So it will give other guys an opportunity to make more plays and have more success because he is in the game.”

Last season, Ratliff was third on the team with 18 quarterback pressures and tied for third with six tackles for loss.

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