Jay Ratliff (90) and DeMarcus Ware pounced on Michael Vick four weeks ago. (Rich Schultz / Getty Images)

It isn’t often that there are reports of athletes and team owners going nose to nose, but that’s precisely the buzz out of, where else, Dallas.

According to a report on 105.3 The Fan, nose tackle Jay Ratliff and Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones had to be separated during a “volcanic” exchange after the Cowboys beat Philadelphia on Dec. 2.

“They’re both passionate men and great men and they want to win. That’s all it is,” a source told The Fan’s Mark Fisher. “But they were in each other’s faces. People had to intervene.”

Jones, according to the report, was trying to encourage Ratliff to return from a groin injury. Ratliff responded by yelling at Jones before teammates stepped in. Ratliff, who did not travel with the team to Cincinnati for its game against the Bengals, dressed quickly and left the locker room.

Ratliff, a seventh-round draft pick by the Cowboys in 2005, has missed seven games with ankle and groin injuries and missed most of the offseason program and training camp with plantar fasciitis.

The Cowboys, who’ve won two games in a row and are in the thick of the playoff race, are reeling from the death of teammate Jerry Brown in a car crash. The driver, Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent, has been charged with intoxicated manslaughter.

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