Cowboys banged up going into season opener

The Dallas Cowboys will most certainly be without one Pro Bowl performer in tonight’s season opener at the New York Giants.

It looks likely a second one will sit out as well.

Nose tackle Jay Ratliff, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, has been ruled out with a high ankle sprain he suffered in the third preseason game Aug. 25. Tight end Jason Witten, a seven-time all-star pick, is doubtful as he works his way back from a lacerated spleen suffered earlier in preseason.

ESPN Dallas reports Witten underwent a CT scan on Tuesday. It is possible he could be cleared to play or the Cowboys might proceed with extra caution and keep him on the sideline for another 10 days before putting him on the field for the Week 2 game vs. the Seattle Seahawks.

The Cowboys are certainly banged up for an opener. The team’s top special teams player, safety Danny McCoy, is doubtful with a neck injury. Cornerback Mike Jenkins (shoulder) is questionable. With any luck, Dallas will get to full strength quickly.

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