Jay Ratliff’s future with the Dallas Cowboys may not be in jeopardy .

According to a source, the Cowboys don’t expect Ratliff to be suspended by the NFL even if he is convicted on a charge of driving while intoxicated stemming from last month’s wreck and arrest in Grapevine.

It would be Ratliff’s first time to come under the scrutiny of the NFL’s personal conduct policy. The source believes he would most likely be fined by league commissioner Roger Goodell if convicted.

There was speculation that the Cowboys might make an example of Ratliff and release him for having bad judgment so soon after the death of practice-squad linebacker Jerry Brown. Brown was killed in single-car wreck in which teammate Josh Brent was driving. Brent was arrested and indicted on one count of intoxication manslaughter.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Ratliff will “absolutely” be with the team in 2013 and expects him to return to his Pro Bowl level of play with his move to defensive tackle in the team’s new 4-3 defense after playing nose tackle in the 3-4.

Garrett said the biggest key for Ratliff is getting and stay healthy after playing in only six games last season.