Cowboys add Jarius Wynn, ponder Jay Ratliff’s spot

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Owner Jerry Jones stated the obvious on his radio show Tuesday morning when he said the defensive line is the Dallas Cowboys’ biggest concern six weeks into the season.

The loss of defensive end DeMarcus Ware for at least a week or two is the latest setback for a unit that is without ends Tyrone Crawford and Anthony Spencer for the season and has seemingly given up hope of getting back defensive tackle Jay Ratliff at any point this season.

The team signed veteran defensive end Jarius Wynn on Tuesday. Wynn was drafted by Green Bay in the sixth round of the 2009 out of Georgia. He played his first three seasons with the Packers, played with the Tennessee Titans in 2012 and the first five games with the San Diego Chargers this season. For his career, he has started four of 48 games and posted 28 tackles, 7.5 sacks and one pass breakup.

Jones said the team will not trade a future high draft pick to get a defensive lineman.

“It’s pretty well known, I imagine, around the league, some of the issues we’ve got with our defensive front,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan (KRLD FM). “So if some other GMs or personnel people are sitting there saying, ‘I bet Dallas might be interested in this lineman,’ then their wheels are turning, too. That could still happen, but we’re not going to be in a position, and don’t want to give up a high draft pick to get a defensive lineman right now.”

The Cowboys released defensive tackle David Carter and cornerback Chris Greenwood. The club also signed running back Davin Meggett to their practice squad.

As for Ratliff, there remains a lot of ambiguity and uncertainty regarding his future. The club might consider putting him on injured reserve for the rest of the season.

Jones somewhat confirmed a report from NBC’s Michele Tafoya that Ratliff’s time in Dallas was over, though he distanced himself from that report after the game on Sunday.

“She made an accurate statement,” Jones said on his radio show. “There’s no question that’s a possibility here.

“We’re going to see as we go through this week what we’re going to do technically — that’s his roster status.”

Ratliff was placed on the physically unable to perform list before the season because of hernia and hamstring injuries that kept him out of training camp and the entire preseason. He is eligible to return to the team this week.

Ratliff has an $8.2 million base salary next season, and there is little chance the Cowboys will bring him back at that price.

Wish granted?

Asked on Monday which Philadelphia Eagles quarterback he’d rather face on Sunday — Michael Vick or Nick Foles — Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher said it was a no-brainer.

“I would like to see Foles, because Vick is like a rabbit,” Hatcher said. “He’s all over the place. Foles is more like a stationary guy in the pocket.

“But both of them are awesome quarterbacks. I would take Foles over Vick.”

Hatcher might get his wish. Vick, who didn’t play last week because of a hamstring injury, is unlikely to play against the Cowboys.

Foles completed 38 of 56 passes for 493 yards and five touchdowns in wins over the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers the past two weeks.

Clarence E. Hill Jr. 817-390-7760 Twitter: @clarencehilljr

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