There’s some serious concern about the status of TE Jason Witten for the season opener vs the Giants, as he has a nasty lacerated spleen.
The Cowboys open the regular season on Sept. 5 in New York and Jason Witten hopes he will take the field with his teammates as he has done for every game the last eight-and-a-half years. The Pro Bowl tight end also knows he’s never faced an injury like this before.
“It’s not something you can fight through and dig deep,’’ Witten said of the lacerated spleen that has put his streak of 139 consecutive starts in jeopardy. “That’s the challenge in a situation like this. Rest is the only answer. I’d be hard-pressed to imagine not being out there against the Giants. But there is no timetable right now.’’ The pain Witten feels is comparable to a broken rib, which he has played through. But he knows he can’t play through this injury. “I’m going to be positive and think that can be achieved,’’ Witten said. “I respect and will listen to the training staff and the doctors. That process will handle itself. We’re going to be smart. At the same time, I’m going to do everything I can to put myself in that position mentally, prepare myself that way. We’ll be optimistic. Again, we’re looking at that first game.’’