Hakeem Nicks, Jason Witten injury updates

Injury updates for tonight's Giants-Cowboys season opener

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Dec 11, 2011; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (82) in action against the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIREUpdate: Jason Witten is active for tonight's game

The NFL season kicks off tonight with the Dallas Cowboys traveling to New Jersey to take on the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants.

Each team has a question mark as to whether a top pass catcher will play. For the Giants, the question is around Hakeem Nicks. Nicks is recovering from a a broken foot and is listed as questionable. Multiple reports out of the New Jersey are saying that Nicks will indeed play tonight and that he should have a full role in the game.

Last season Nicks had 76 receptions for 1142 yards and seven touchdowns.

For the Cowboys, the question is around tight end Jason Witten. Witten suffered a "very serious" lacerated spleen in mid-August, and it appears that if he plays tonight, it will be because he fought his way into the Cowboys' lineup. According to ESPN's Chris Mortenson, Witten is willing to sign a medical waiver absolving the Cowboys and their doctors of any liability if Witten is hurt worse tonight in order to play. The Cowboys haven't indicated whether he will or not yet. He is listed as doubtful.

Witten caught 79 balls for 942 yards and five touchdowns last season.

In other injury news, Cowboys defensive tackle Jay Ratliff  won't play because of a high-ankle sprain. Safety Danny McCray (neck) is doubtful and corner Mike Jenkins (shoulder) is questionable.

For the Giants, cornerback Prince Amukamara, their 2011 first-round pick, won't play  with an ankle injury. Also out are defensive tackle Marvin Austin and tackle James Brewer. Rookie corner Jayron Hosley is questionable, as is linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka and linebacker Michael Boley. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw is probable with a hand injury. 
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