The Dallas Cowboys and Jason Witten have been keeping us all in suspense: will he or won’t he play tonight against the New York Giants? I think the Cowboys know but do not want to offer any information until they absolutely have to.
Perhaps the answer has come today. Via ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Witten has signed a waiver saying he would not hold the team at fault if he were to injure his spleen any worse. The report also says the Cowboys would not accept that course of action.
All signs from this report appear to mean that Witten has not received clearance to play, but is still trying to find a way to play tonight. He’s as tough as they come, but it looks as if the Cowboys do not want to risk Witten further injury by playing this week.
It’s the right call. Witten has been told that playing in week 2 is virtual certainty, so the Cowboys would be wise to not risk the entire season in week 1. He is still listed as doubtful for the game, but it’s hard to see him playing if the doctors are not giving him the go ahead.
The Cowboys would obviously love having Witten play, especially Tony Romo, but the smart move is holding him out this week and having him ready for the rest of the season.
There is no doubt that Witten is as tough as they come, but playing against the Giants doesn’t appear to be in the cards.