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Report: Witten Practices, Ratliff Sits Out Monday

Jason Witten and Jay Ratliff are questionable for Wednesday's regular season opener

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Witten Practices, Ratliff Sits

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We’re less than two days away from the Dallas Cowboys’ regular season opener with the Giants at the Meadowlands, but plenty of questions remain for the team, including the health of two of their most decorated veterans. On the offensive side of the ball, tight end Jason Witten is questionable with a lacerated spleen; on defense, nose tackle Jay Ratliff is dealing with a high ankle sprain.

We had thought that, of the two, it seemed more likely that Ratliff would play, given the potential seriousness of Witten’s injury. But according to Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas, Ratliff wasn’t seen during the light practice session that was open to the media on Monday, while Witten was participating with the team. Since it was more of a walkthrough than a real practice, we’re not sure how much this means, but there you go.

If Witten can’t go Wednesday night, he’ll be replaced by John Phillips. If Ratliff can’t go, the Cowboys will platoon Josh Brent and Sean Lissemore at nose tackle against the reigning NFL champs.

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