Nick Hayden (Likely replacing Jay Ratliff)


Hall of Famer
Oct 30, 2004
United States
Here's hoping Nick Hayden can get the start at Nose Tackle with all the troubles from injuries and personality issues, including a DWI arrest of Ratliff, there's a great opportunity for Hayden. His aggression and tenacity along with LB Sean Lee on that side of the ball is much needed and should be a thorn in the side to the Caste System. He's been impressive in preseason and will likely start at least the first six games.

From Dallas regarding Ratliff going on PUP and Hayden becoming the starter at NT:

..."Now that PUP is an option, it’s becoming clear the Cowboys can’t afford to count on Ratliff until close to the midway point in the season.

In the four preseason games, veteran Nick Hayden has started inside at defensive tackle, next to Jason Hatcher . Hayden’s play has been impressive enough for him to leapfrog Sean Lissemore on the depth chart. As it stands now, Hayden and Hatcher will likely start against the Giants on Sept. 8, with Lissemore and Ben Bass providing depth in the middle.

It has been a tumultuous 12-months for Ratliff, who battled through foot injuries last year in camp before a high-ankle sprain sidelined him the first four games of the 2012 season. After he played games, Ratliff then had the sports hernia injury and missed the last six games. After one of those games, Ratliff and Jerry Jones reportedly had a heated exchange of words in the locker room.

In January, Ratliff was arrested on DWI charges. Just last week his hearing date was pushed back to next February, likely ensuring he won’t face any team or league suspensions this season.

But as it appears now, there is a good chance Ratliff will be off the field for injury reasons."
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