Jay Ratliff suffers ankle injury

ATLANTA – Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff limped off the field with a left ankle injury at the end of the first half of Sunday’s game against Atlanta.

Ratliff suffered a high left ankle sprain in his only preseason appearance against St. Louis on Aug. 25 and missed the first four games of the regular season. He missed the offseason and most of training camp with plantar fasciitis.

The injury came at a bad time because the Cowboys were forced to use a timeout, allowing Atlanta a shot to get into better field goal position. With three seconds left, Matt Bryant tied the game with a 46-yard field goal after back-to-back catches by tight end Tony Gonzalez.

Ratliff returned in the third quarter in passing situations but is limping badly.

Josh Brent has taken over in the base defense. He started the four games and played well in Ratliff’s absence to start the year.