According to the latest Dallas Cowboys injury report, tight end Jason Witten will be suiting up against the New York Giants. Witten suffered a lacerated spleen a little over three weeks ago and there was some question as to whether he would be ready to play.
That question seems to have been answered with Witten’s name not appearing with the seven Cowboys who will not be suiting up for tonight’s season opener. Witten needed doctors to clear him to play as a lacerated spleen might very well lead to more serious complications that could be life-threatening if not healed.
All week long Witten had been saying he would be playing against the Giants and all week long we kept hearing from the Cowboys coaching staff that Witten could only play if cleared by doctors.
Witten has only missed one game in his NFL career, an October 12, 2003 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles when he was out with a broken jaw.
The Cowboys will have Witten on the field, and in pads, at the same time as receivers Miles Austin and Dez Bryant, for the first time since training camp. This is huge for the Dallas Cowboys as both Austin and Bryant have been banged up this preseason. Having Witten on the field forces the New York Giants to game plan for him and adds an extra weapon for Tony Romo.
It will be interesting to see how Witten fares once the Giants start getting physical. Witten will now be a focal point of the entire game. It will be interesting to see how he reacts after taking a hit for the first time.