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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