Nobody could argue that Pro Bowl nose tackle Jay Ratliff had a tremendous season last year as one of the stars on the Cowboys defensive line, but what makes last season all the more impressive is that according to Ratliff, both of his elbows were ailing for most of the year.
It makes you wonder just how more impactful he could have been had he been healthy and pain-free.
Ratliff said that his pain was so bad at time that he was unable to bench press, and finally did so yesterday for the first time in over a year.
Ratliff had offseason surgery to remove bone spurs from both elbows and said he now feels great and better than ever.
“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.”
I’m excited too… Just imagine how much more dominating he will be playing with two healthy elbows.. Memo to opposing quarterbacks… Run for cover.