The Dallas Cowboys have announced All Pro tight end Jason Witten is active tonight against the New York Giants. Witten lacerated his spleen in the very first play of the first game of the preseason against the Oakland Raiders almost a month ago. He has been sidelined ever since.
Witten’s status has unclear for tonight’s game as it was a medical issue that required a doctor’s approval for him to play. Earlier today, Witten expressed his desire to sign a medical waiver in order to get on the field tonight, ex-sponging the team of any legal ramifications if he suffered any further damage to his spleen. Allegedly, the Cowboys front office refused his offer.
The All Pro’s presence on the field means good things for both the Dallas passing and rushing game. Considered one of the leagues best catching tight ends, Witten is Quarterback Tony Romo’s security blanket. And also considered one of the best blockers in the league, Witten is expected to help running back DeMarco Murray against the vaunted Giant’s defensive line, which is one of the best in the NFL.
It is unknown how well Witten will fair after being sidelined for a month, but his presence alone is sure to inspire both teammates and fans alike. In their last meeting against the Giants, Witten recorded seven receptions for 69 yards.