The suspension stems from a DUI that Ratliff incurred in January of 2013 while with the Dallas Cowboys. He will be allowed to participate in the remaining preseason contests as well as practices the next two weeks, but will not be able to practice or participate in team meetings once the suspension goes into effect.
This is a big blow to Chicago’s defense, as Ratliff is by far the best interior pass rusher on the team. The four-time Pro Bowler is a team leader on defense and his absence, during arguably the toughest stretch on the schedule, is going to have a substantial impact on the club’s front seven.
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