Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has a knack for rubbing people the wrong way — even his own players.
Jones apparently thought injured nose tackle Jay Ratliff should try a little harder to come back from a groin injury, and approached him after the Dec. 2 win over the Eagles.
Ratliff apparently did not take kindly to Jones’ encouraging words. From ESPN:
Nose tackle Jay Ratliff had to be separated from Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones after Dallas’ Dec. 2 win over Philadelphia, sources confirmed.
In the locker room after the game, Jones attempted to encourage Ratliff to return from a groin injury, which prompted Ratliff to yell at the owner before teammates stepped in.
Ratliff stormed out of the locker room after dressing quickly.
Dallas radio reporter Mike Fisher reported a source who witnessed the incident:
“They’re both passionate men and great men and they want to win, that’s all it i. But they were in each other’s faces. People had to intervene.’’
Ratliff did not play in Sunday’s win over Cincinnati and hasn’t played since Nov. 18 against Cleveland. The four-time Pro Bowler has missed seven games with injuries to his groin and ankle.