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September 01, 2012

Witten and Jenkins will return to practice on limited basis

Cowboys tight end Jason Witten still hasn't been cleared for contact, but he will get some on-field work today. Witten lacerated his spleen in the Aug. 13 preseason opener against the Raiders.

The Cowboys also will welcome back cornerback Mike Jenkins when they hit the practice field at 11:45 a.m. Jenkins has been out since undergoing reconstructive surgery on his right shoulder in January.

Both are expected to be limited.

"We anticipate Witten moving around a little bit, catching the football," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Saturday morning. "He’s been doing that the last week or so, so we’ll continue with his progression. Same thing with Jenkins. We’re hopeful he can get out there and get comfortable in his first practice."

Nose tackle Jay Ratliff is not expected to practice because of his high left ankle sprain. He was injured Aug. 25 against St. Louis.

"Ratliff seems to be getting better and better," Garrett said. "He’ll do what he’s able to do. Don’t anticipate that much, to be honest with you, but hopefully as the week progresses we can get him closer and closer to playing."

-- Charean Williams


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