Jason Witten: To Play or Not to Play?
Jason Witten has missed one game in ten seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, but that may change when September 5th rolls around. The Cowboys’ Pro Bowl tight end is recovering from a lacerated spleen suffered in the team’s first preseason game against the Oakland Raiders.
Witten is known for his toughness and for playing through injury, but a lacerated spleen might be enough to keep him shelved for the season opener against the New York Giants and then again it might not. Quarterback Tony Romo and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones both expressed confidence that Witten will suit up against the Giants.
According to reports Witten hasn’t been cleared to play by doctors and will undergo further evaluation on Tuesday to determine whether or not he’ll give it a go for the team’s first game.
Not everyone’s buying it though, especially former Cowboys and now Giants tight end Martellus Bennett.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if he picked up his spleen and held it in his hand and tried to run routes,” Bennett said. “That’s the kind of guy he is. He’s a warrior.”
Not having Witten could hamper the offense, which relies heavily on his contributions. Witten has led the team in receptions the previous five seasons and serves as Romo’s security blanket.
Tuesday will answer any and all questions about Witten’s availability, but honestly if he’s not ready there’s no reason to rush him back. The last thing the team wants is for the injury to get re-aggravated or have it worsen due to an unnecessary risk.
What I’m more concerned about is the offensive line, which finally practiced together for the first time on Saturday, just five days out from facing one of the most disruptive defensive fronts in the NFL.
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