In a somewhat less-than-dramatic way, defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff returned to the field in Sunday’s 18-17 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Ratliff had returned from suspension last week, but was held out of the Raiders game with an ankle injury.
Ratliff rotated with rookie Eddie Goldman and it looked as though the heat combined with his conditioning left him gassed on the sideline a few times. Ratliff finished with four tackles in a quiet, but effective performance.
When healthy, Ratliff is arguably the best player on the Bears defense. Linebacker Pernell McPhee is making a run at that distinction, but Ratliff’s performance at the nose tackle is what will start plays off on the right or wrong foot.