The Dallas Cowboys are in the Pacific Northwest to face the Seattle Seahawks. Three Cowboys players are out and tight end Jason Witten is good to go. Here is an assessment of their injury report for NFL Week 2.
Witten may be past the lacerated spleen injury that he suffered on August 13, 2012. He toughed it out against the New York Giants in Week 1, playing 53 out of 68 plays. Witten only had two catches in that game, but he inspired his teammates just by being out there. Now Witten is feeling like his old self. On Wednesday September 12, he participated fully in practice. He will continue to wear extra padding this week, but the worst seems to be behind him. I expect Witten to be much more involved this week against the Seahawks. And that is good news for the Cowboys offense.
Three Players Out
Three Cowboys players are listed as out for Week 2. Nose tackle Jay Ratliff will miss another game with a high-ankle sprain. Without Ratliff in Week 1, the Cowboys still sacked Giants quarterback Eli Manning three times. But they need Ratliff to put maximum pressure on opposing offenses. Center Phil Costa is out after suffering a back injury in Week 1. Ryan Cook will make his second career start in Costa's absence. Safety Matt Johnson is out with a hamstring injury.
The remaining ten Cowboys players on the injury report are listed as probable. Linebacker DeMarcus Ware was limited in practice again with a hamstring injury. But Ware (5 tackles, 2 sacks) was very effective last week against the Giants. He has never missed a game in his career. Today will be his 114th straight game. All other players had full participation in practice this week including running back DeMarco Murray (wrist), wide receiver Miles Austin (hamstring), running back Felix Jones (ribs) and safety Gerald Sensabaugh (concussion).
The Cowboys aren't 100% healthy, but they are healthy enough in key positions. If they lose this week, they won't be able to blame the injured players; they will have to blame the healthy ones.
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Edwin Torres has been a fan of the Dallas Cowboys since the days of Tony Dorsett and Roger Staubach. He roots hard for the Cowboys even though he is sandwiched between New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles fans. For more articles, follow him on Twitter @FlipPoker.