Jay Ratliff slowed by ankle injury

ATLANTA -- Just as it appeared that Jay Ratliff was coming around, the Cowboys’ nose tackle has to deal with a sprained left ankle again.

Ratliff sprained his ankle at the end of the first half of Sunday’s loss to Atlanta and while he was able to return for the second half he was compromised, limping noticeably. He was not in a walking boot after the game.

Coach Jason Garrett said the team did not know the extent of the injury after the game. Owner and general manager Jerry Jones said it was a good sign Ratliff was able to return, which made Jones optimistic Ratliff could play this week against Philadelphia.

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.