Cowboys NT Ratliff charged with DWI

Dallas Cowboys starting nose tackle Jay Ratliff was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated in the early-morning hours Tuesday after he crashed his 2011 Ford pickup truck into a 18-wheeler, according to Grapevine, Texas, police senior officer Sam Shemwell.

Ratliff and the driver of the tractor-trailer were not injured, according to Shemwell.

Ratliff was bonded out of a Grapevine jail Tuesday morning.

Cowboys officials, in Mobile, Ala., watching practices for Saturday's Senior Bowl, declined comment. Ratliff's agent, Mark Slough, declined comment.

Ratliff, who was not available for comment, played in just six games in 2012 because of injuries. He underwent a sports hernia surgery in late December, ending his season. However, the Cowboys kept him on the active roster with the hope he would return in the playoffs, if the team had made it.

The Ratliff arrest marks the second time a Cowboys player has dealt with police officials regarding driving under the influence in the past several months.

On Dec. 8, backup nose tackle Josh Brent was charged with involuntary manslaughter resulting in the death of friend and Cowboys practice-squad player Jerry Brown.

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