The Latest on Jay Ratliff's Arrest, and More NFC East News

Brad Gagnon@Brad_Gagnon NFL National ColumnistJanuary 24, 2013

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 21:   Jay Ratliff #90 of the Dallas Cowboys during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff was "verbally abusive several times" following his Tuesday morning arrest, according to Grapevine, Texas police files obtained by's Tim MacMahon.

Arresting officer Eric Barch wrote that Ratliff had been "cooperative and courteous" at the scene of the accident, but the nose tackle's "demeanor changed considerably" after being transported to jail.

Listen Ratliff, according to the affidavit, showed a total of 12 clues of intoxication while taking three field sobriety tests.

Ratliff refused to take a breathalyzer test, so we're awaiting the results of a blood test taken two hours after the car accident that sparked this saga.

Two fresh takes on the incident...

Rainer Sabin of the Dallas Morning News says the Cowboys can't afford to impose a zero-tolerance policy because "that just isn't practical in the NFL where teams must carefully manage their roster because of the salary cap."'s Calvin Watkins argues that the team needs to cut ties with Ratliff, stating that the "only real way to prevent, slow down or stop NFL players from driving drunk is to cut them when they do it."


On to what else is being talked about in the NFC East...

New York Giants

From ESPNNewYork's Ohm Youngmisuk: Hakeem Nicks' knee and foot lead the list of Giants injuries to monitor this offseason.

From Paul Tierney of Giants 101: Should the Giants keep Chris Canty?


Philadelphia Eagles

From CSN Philly's Reuben Frank: The Eagles have hired Dave Flipp as their special teams coordinator as the coaching staff begins to fill out.

Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer looks at the importance of experience in a defensive coordinator


Washington Redskins

From's Jeff Darlington: Two Redskins players were duped by a catfish scam artist on Twitter.

From Mike Jones of the Washington Post: DeAngelo Hall had finger surgery on Tuesday.