Keiwan Ratliff will most likely put the number 31 jersey on again this season. Coach Tony Dungy is contemplating starting Ratliff for the second consecutive game this Sunday against the Steelers at Hienz Field at 4:15pm.
Ratliff started cornerback against the Patriots last week for injured Kelvin Hayden.
And did great, I might add.
Ratliff was originally drafted to Cincinnati in the second round of the 2004 draft. Since then the Colts have signed him three different times: Off waivers last November, released by the Colts on September 22, re-signed on October 7, and then released again on October 22. This time, however, they Colts may keep him.
"It’s been a strange year that way," Dungy said. "I’m not one who really likes to make changes, but we’ve had some injuries and he has been in situations where we’ve had to solidify another position group because of injuries we’ve had. He’s been the victim of tough luck."
"He continues to do well. He works hard, and does all you can ask."
Now, after playing a full game in the NFL that actually mattered, Ratliff plans to play each game with that attitude, and to take advantage of a chance he wasn’t sure would come again.