August 13, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (82) tries to elude Oakland Raiders linebacker Miles Burris (56) and defensive back Matt Giordano (27) after making a catch in the second quarter at O.Co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

Jason Witten Could Miss Week One With Lacerated Spleen

By now most fans are well aware of the Dallas Cowboys injury sustained by tight end Jason Witten. Merely days after the Dallas Cowboys first official preseason game the Cowboys received news of an injury to tight end Jason Witten’s spleen that left him with internal bleeding.

The Cowboys had considered themselves lucky that the only significant injury sustained during Monday night’s match-up against the Oakland Raiders was dealt to rookie linebacker Kyle Wilber and his broken left thumb.

But now after only days since COO Stephen Jones seems to have jinxed the team after referencing Jason Witten’s toughness on the field after commenting, “You don’t ever see Jason Witten missing practice, and he’s going on 10 (seasons). He just won’t miss. So we got to have the young guys step up and play better.”

The intangibles that Jason Witten brings to the table day in and day out are invaluable to a team like the Cowboys, especially now with so many young players on the offensive side of the ball.

As Cowboys beat writer Clarence Hill pointed out during a recent tweet. Witten is tough. He has played without a helmet, he has played with cracked ribs, and broken jaw but a spleen? It may not be his call regarding a lacerated spleen. Something doctor’s tend to not want to mess it and prefer to allow to heal on it’s own so for the time being it looks as if surgery isn’t likely.

Since 2009, Tony Romo is 191-of-264 for 2,190 yards with nine touchdowns throwing to Witten for what equates to a 72.3 completion percentage and always provides a reliable target for the Cowboys quarterback when both are on the field. Fans can look to sixth round rookie selection tight end James Hanna to see an increase in reps throughout the rest of the preseason.

The Cowboys waived former 2011 seventh round selection and injured guard Bill Nagy earlier today in order to sign 2011 undrafted free agent tight end Harry Flaherty from Princeton. Flaherty also happens to be head coach Jason Garrett’s and tight end coach John Garrett’s nephew.

Jason Witten needs only 55 more receptions to pass Hall of Fame Cowboys’ receiver Michael Irvin for the Dallas’ all-time leader in receptions. Eclipsing such a feat will with out question cement Witten’s status within both the Cowboys Ring of Honor and the Hall of Fame.

As of now Jason Witten most assuredly will miss the rest of the preseason and could potentially be in jeopardy of missing week one of the regular season.

Why would the Cowboys risk anything but having Jason Witten back to 100% health after an injury such as this?

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  • californy

    I am a big Jason Witten fan, My guess he will be fine. I am more concern with the center position. The other site ran by Dallas Cowboys ran two articles pumping up the play of Arkin Guard-center. The boy release Nagy because of injury in hope to pick up a Center. I was waiting no action by the boys. Then they hire Jason Garrett nephew to this team. Wow. This team has found a new low for me. This team need a Center not a TE. I like this site better for not pumping up The Cowboys Pr Departments ideas on players. It to bad not enough people know about this site.

  • jason

    you guys are all missing the point. after he is re evaluated if he needs surgery hes done for the year lets not ignore that. and if it has to heal on its own it will take 6 weeks plus. this isnt a sprained knee or flu like symptoms its internal bleeding. remember chris simms of the tampa bay bucs in 2006 if not google it he never played again after his spleen injury

    • Joe Owens

      Jason, you make a great point but Chris Simms had his spleen actually removed in an emergency procedure after rupturing it. At this time Witten’s injury isn’t severe enough to warrant removal. It will require time to heal obviously but its a laceration and is not ruptured from what we’ve been told anyway.

  • californy

    I am sure the experts are all over this about Jason Witten injury, he wont put his life and the welfare of his family at risk. I assume it will be Jason Witten along with the advise of his doctor who are going to take the best path of what Good for him and his health. Right now it is about getting healthy, football may be a secound thought for the moment and I am good with this. I would of rather had the boys fill the spot with a veteran TE vs another rookie.