Dallas' Ratliff listed as questionable with sprained knee

From ESPNDallas.com:

Pro Bowl nose tackle Jay Ratliff sprained his right knee during Thursday's practice and is listed as questionable for the Dallas Cowboys' game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

"There is slight swelling," coach Wade Phillips said. "We did an MRI. We think it's something that will get better. How quickly is the question."

Ratliff, who did not practice Friday, underwent treatment for swelling in his right knee after practice. He has two sacks and a team-leading five tackles for loss among his 31 tackles this season. He also is fourth on the team with 10 quarterback pressures.

Junior Siavii (6-5, 320), who has been effective playing about 15 snaps per game, will start if Ratliff is unable to play. Coaches have credited Siavii with 15 tackles this season, including seven on 16 plays in last week's win over the Atlanta Falcons.

"He's improved as we played each game," Phillips said of Siavii, who had been out of football the previous three seasons. "I think he's ready to play."

DE Marcus Spears has worked at nose tackle the last two days and would split time with Siavii. Jason Hatcher would replace Ratliff in the nickel and dime packages.


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