Ratliff ruled out Wednesday, Witten doubtful

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The Cowboys won’t have Jay Ratliff in the lineup when they try to buck recent trends and knock off the Giants in the Meadowlands on Wednesday night.

The team announced that Ratliff has been ruled out of the game because of a high ankle sprain suffered in the preseason game against the Rams. It’s a big blow for the Cowboys defense, which would have its hands plenty full with Eli Manning and company even if Ratliff was able to get on the field. Josh Brent and Sean Lissemore will try to replace as much of Ratliff’s production from nose tackle as they can.

Hope still exists for tight end Jason Witten, however. Witten has been listed as doubtful because of his lacerated spleen, but he’ll make the trip to New Jersey with the rest of the team so the possibility that he’ll be on the field still lingers. Witten is seeing a doctor Tuesday and a final decision will probably follow that appointment. With Miles Austin and Dez Bryant both looking healthy, the Cowboys would have an easier time dealing with Witten’s absence than they’ll have making do without Ratliff in the middle of the defensive line.

Cornerback Mike Jenkins is questionable after missing the entire offseason while recovering from shoulder surgery. Special teamer Danny McCray is doubtful thanks to a stinger.

 

20 responses to “Ratliff ruled out Wednesday, Witten doubtful

  1. No excuses! No Ratt, No Witten, next man up!

    Giants are missing a couple starters as well. I like not having excuses when we beat em!

    Carr shadowing their “one year wonder” at wr.

    Trust me Carr has faced much better, when he “shut down” Megatron, and Vincent Jackson plus Brandon Marshall.
    Yeah look those up. Carr = shutdown.

    Cruz = one year wonder, now on tape.

    Cowboys 31
    Giants 17

  2. szwhtsup123 says:Sep 4, 2012 1:13 PM

    Keep talking Cowboys keep talking……
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    Oh please. Giants/Eagle fans and players tend to run their mouths a lot more. Keep up your hate though, it’s entertaining

  3. Must be September, Cowboys fans are already chirp, chirp, chirpin’ away. I wonder how many will still pollute this site when they start out 2-5?

  4. Nicks is doubtful now too.

    Looks like its Cruz and Hixon against Carr and Claiborne. I like those odds.

    Damn, the Giants may get shut out!

  5. calizcowboyz says: Sep 4, 2012 1:08 PM

    No excuses! No Ratt, No Witten, next man up!

    Giants are missing a couple starters as well. I like not having excuses when we beat em!

    Carr shadowing their “one year wonder” at wr.

    Trust me Carr has faced much better, when he “shut down” Megatron, and Vincent Jackson plus Brandon Marshall.
    Yeah look those up. Carr = shutdown.

    Cruz = one year wonder, now on tape.

    Cowboys 31
    Giants 17
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    You’re right, Megatron was shut down in that game. He did have 2 TDs but only 3 catches in that 48-3 Detroit win.

    I think Cruz will give up stats all day if the Giants win by 45.

    And by the way, Brandon Marshall had 8 catches for 106 and a TD in the 31-3 Miami win over KC. Yep, that Brandon Carr is a BEAST! SHUTDOWN!!

  6. fshort says: Sep 4, 2012 1:25 PM

    Nicks is doubtful now too.

    Looks like its Cruz and Hixon against Carr and Claiborne. I like those odds.

    Damn, the Giants may get shut out!
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    Nicks is officially “Questionable”.

  7. There both missing pieces but I don’t see the giants losing the home opener to the cowboys..cowboys will probaly get there revenge later in the season,enjoy the game

    Gmen 27
    Boys 23 in a nailbiter..

  8. It’s no ordinary game for Witten to sit out, it’s a critical division game that just happens to be in week one.

    Every division game is going to be critical for every member of the division this year. No one’s going to run away with the division title, and with the likely races at the top of most other NFC divisions (Pack/Bears/Lions, 49ers/Seahawks, Saints/Falcons), every possible playoff tiebreaker is going to be 100% meaningful, right from the start.

    More than in an average year, there’s no room for error this season.

  9. The Giants will find it harder moving the ball against Dallas this year. Now that Murray is healthy Dallas will have a running game unlike the last time they met. Sorry Giants fans your turn to be 8-8.

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