Agent: Doctor clears Ratliff for immediate action

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Defensive tackle Jay Ratliff, who was released by the Cowboys last week, has been medically cleared to return to action, according to his agent.

Agent Mark Slough sent a letter to 31 NFL teams, advising them of Ratliff’s availability. Slough said in the letter than Dr. William Meyers, who performed sports hernia surgery on Ratliff in December, cleared Ratliff to play Wednesday after an examination in Philadelphia.

“Jay will now continue his individual workouts in Dallas and work hard to regain further strength and improve his conditioning,” Slough said in his letter to front-office executives. “His goal is to be ready to [work out] for clubs in a couple of weeks. He currently weighs 304 [pounds] and is in very good shape ... just needs to take his workouts up a notch.”

Ratliff, 32, played in only six games last season and none this season because of injuries. The 2005 seventh-round draft choice is a four-time Pro Bowler.

– Charean Williams

Briefly

• Redskins: Safety Brandon Meriweather’s suspension was reduced from two games to one. He will not play against the Broncos and lose a game check of $70,588 for two illegal hits on Bears receivers.

• Broncos: Quarterback Peyton Manning sat out practice Wednesday with an ankle injury.

• QB changes: Vikings QB Josh Freeman has a concussion and Christian Ponder is likely to start against Green Bay. ... Jason Campbell will start for the Browns instead of Brandon Weeden. ... Chad Henne will remain at QB for the Jaguars despite Blaine Gabbert being cleared to practice after a hamstring injury.

• Giants: Center David Baas was put on season-ending injured reserve with a left knee injury.

• Eagles: A parking lot attendant who guards players’ cars is accused of stealing more than $225,000 from guard Todd Herremans over the course of four years. The man is accused of accessing Herremans’ car, getting his bank account information and transferring money from his account. He faces up to 30 years in jail.

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