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Dallas Cowboys release injured Jay Ratliff

The Dallas Cowboys release defensive tackle Jay Ratliff after he failed a physical with a hamstring injury.

The Dallas Cowboys have released Jay Ratliff after the defensive tackle failed a physical because of a hamstring injury.

The 32-year-old started the season on the team's physically unable to perform list, making him eligible to return this week, but he had not recovered from a strain sustained during the pre-season.

Ratliff, who has reached the Pro Bowl four times, said in a statement: "First, let me say thank you to the Dallas Cowboys and Jerry Jones for taking a chance on me in 2005. 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 business, and now it's time to move on, turn the page and begin again.

"To all my teammates, I want to wish them nothing but the best. Stay strong, keep fighting and always believe. I'm sorry I couldn't be there for you, but I will always support you and value our time together.

"And lastly, to all the Cowboy fans, I want to say it was an honor to play for you. Cowboy fans are the best fans in the NFL, and I thank each and every one of you for the support and love you have shown to me these past nine years. I will miss you."

In his eight seasons with the Cowboys, Ratliff made 27 sacks and four forced fumbles.

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