ESPN is using those mysterious sources to report that Jason Witten has a fractured rib.
Witten, who is the Dallas Cowboys leading receiver, says he plans to play through the pain against the New York Giants. Now, ESPN wants readers to believe this is a very serious injury.
Folks, ESPN is garbage. A fractured rib is actually a pretty common injury for contact sports. Players often continue playing in games and don’t miss much time. I am sure what Witten has might be a few fractured ribs and that’s causing the pain to be a little more harsh.
The only real concern is if the fractured rib breaks and makes contact with another organ. That is uncommon, but the only really serious thing that could occur if he continues to play. It usually takes a full month to heal the fracture.
Personally, losing Witten for three games is a lot easier to deal with than losing Tony Romo. Without Witten, the Cowboys still have Roy Williams and Terrell Owens, and rookie Martellus Bennett has looked all right out there. It might be best for Witten to sit out a few weeks to heal so he can be available 100 percent for the hardcore push the Cowboys are going to have to make in the last 6 games to make the playoffs.