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Report: Ratliff Ruled Out For Opener, Witten Doubtful

Jay Ratliff has been dealing with a high ankle sprain suffered in the team's third preseason game



    In the 2012 opener against the New York Giants on Wednesday, it looks like the Dallas Cowboys will be without two of their best players.

    Nick Eatman of tweeted this morning that All-Pro nose tackle Jay Ratliff has been ruled out of Wednesday’s week one matchup with the reigning Super Bowl Champions with a high ankle sprain, while tight end (and Tony Romo’s favorite target) Jason Witten is listed as doubtful with a lacerated spleen.

    The news on Ratliff isn’t that surprising, given that he was held out of practice on both Sunday and Monday. Witten was present at the light workout on Monday, but Dallas doesn’t want to put the Pro Bowl tight end in any jeopardy by rushing his return--probably a good idea since we’re dealing with internal organs, here.

    Assuming that Witten and Ratliff are forced to watch Wednesday’s opener from the sideline, Dallas will use a platoon system with Sean Lissemore and Josh Brent at nose tackle, and John Phillips will start as the No. 1 tight end.

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