The Dallas Cowboys are preparing for their final preseason tune-up on Wednesday night, as they take on the Miami Dolphins. The Cowboys will be without several injured big-name players, although many are expected to play the following week in the regular season opener against the New York Giants.
Tight end Jason Witten heads the list, as the All-Pro continues to recover from a spleen injury that he sustained in the Cowboys' preseason opener against the Oakland Raiders. Witten has healed since, and has a chance to get back on the field for Week 1. Miles Austin is another star pass-catcher that won't play against the Dolphins, as he is nursing a hamstring strain, but says there is "no doubt" about whether or not he'll play in the season opener. DeMarcus Ware, who is also dealing with hamstring issues, has vowed to be ready when the real games start as well.
Mike Jenkins and Jay Ratliff are more in doubt than the guys listed above, in terms of whether or not they'll be on the field when Dallas faced their division rivals. Ratliff hasn't been ruled out, though he's still on crutches. And, while Jenkins hasn't officially been ruled out either, it does appear that he's unlikely to play as he continues to rehab his surgically-repaired right shoulder.