Witten Talks Tough; Still Not Likely to Play Against Giants

Cowboys tight end Jason Witten will get a CT scan on his spleen on Tuesday before the team leaves for New Jersey to determine whether he can play in Wednesday’s season opener against the defending Super Bowl champion Giants, Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com reports.

Owner/general manager Jerry Jones suggested earlier this week that the Cowboys could consider the benefits of holding Witten out until their Week 2 game against the Seahawks even if the seven-time Pro Bowl tight end receives medical clearance to play against the Giants.

That is not a conversation Witten, who suffered a lacerated spleen in the Cowboys’ Aug. 13 preseason opener, is willing to have.

“If I get cleared, we’re playing,” Witten said Sunday. “It’s the only way, I believe, you can approach the game. I think people know that’s the only way I’m playing. This is what you play for.”

A source told ESPN’s Ed Werder that the Cowboys consider the recovery time for Witten’s injury to be four to six weeks, making it extremely unlikely for him to play against the Giants.

Witten was a limited participant in Sunday’s practice, primarily doing conditioning work on the side. Quarterback Tony Romo, noting that Witten has been discussing specific plays in the game plan with him, said he expects the Cowboys’ receptions leader from the last five seasons to play.

“For me, it’s kind of exciting to know that we’re probably going to have him in the game,” Romo said. “That’s something that’s important.”

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