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                     === Bears reach deal with Ratliff ===
 
 Lake  Forest, IL  (SportsNetwork.com)  - Seeking  help  for an  injury-riddled
 interior of their defensive line, the Chicago Bears agreed to terms with four-
 time Pro Bowl selection Jay Ratliff on a one-year contract Saturday.
 
 The  move comes less than three weeks after Ratliff was released by the Dallas
 Cowboys  due to  a failed physical. The  nine-year veteran has not played in a
 game  since November  of last season while recovering from surgery to repair a
 sports hernia.
 
 Ratliff also has endured some setbacks off the field, having been arrested and
 charged  with DWI back  in January after crashing his pickup truck into an 18-
 wheeler. He has a trial date set for next February.
 
 If  healthy, the  32-year-old should bolster a Chicago defensive line that has
 had  a pair  of tackles, including 2012 Pro Bowl honoree Henry Melton, sustain
 season-ending  injuries  this season. Melton  tore his ACL in September, while
 Nate Collins suffered the same fate the following week.
 
 The  Bears have  been  using  converted end  Corey  Wootton alongside  starter
 Stephen Paea at the position in recent weeks.
 
 Ratliff  did  start all 16  games for the  Cowboys in four consecutive seasons
 prior to being limited to six last year, earning Pro Bowl citations in each of
 those campaigns.
 
 The  former seventh-round pick had spent his entire career with Dallas and has
 recorded 228 tackles and 27 sacks over 104 NFL games.
 
 
 
 
 11/02 23:59:32 ET