The Dallas Cowboys have been anxiously waiting to see if Jason Witten would be able to suit up for Week 1 against the New York Giants. While the Cowboys decided to make their beloved tight end a game-time decision, Witten seems willing to do whatever it takes to make sure he plays on Wednesday–including signing a medical waiver.
Witten told the organization that he would be willing to sign a medical waiver that would prevent any sort of liability towards the Cowboys should he play in Week 1 and make his spleen injury worse than it already is. At the beginning of the preseason, Witten suffered a lacerated spleen during a game against the Oakland Raiders and Dallas kept him out of the remainder of the preseason to avoid all risks–which was clearly the right move to make.
It’s easy to understand both sides of this situation considering Witten would provide another option for Tony Romo in a passing game that is already experiencing injuries with wide receivers Miles Austin and Dez Bryant. However, the last thing Dallas needs is to see Witten take another vicious hit from one of New York’s defenders and put him at risk for missing the entire regular season if the spleen becomes worse–so it’s certainly a tough decision to make on both ends.
Either way–this matchup between the Cowboys and Giants should be one heck of a game to kickoff the official start of the 2012 regular season.
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