Jason Witten did an interview with ESPN on Sunday, Sept. 2, and said that he is having X-rays taken on Tuesday before the Dallas Cowboys head to New Jersey for the NFL season opening game against the New York Giants. That game opens the season on Wednesday night, Sept. 5.
"If I get cleared, we're playing," Witten said. "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."
Witten injured his spleen in the first game of the preseason and has been on the sidelines since the injury occurred. The recovery time according the Cowboys' team sources was four to six weeks, and the opening game will not fall into that time frame. Without Witten, the Cowboys should struggle in the passing game, as he has always been quarterback Tony Romo's security blanket.
If Jason Witten can't play, the Cowboys will start John Phillips with rookie James Hanna backing him up. Dallas also waived third string quarterback Stephen McGee to sign a fourth tight end, Colin Cochart. However, Dallas fans can take encouragement from the encouraging comments from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
"He's practicing well enough," Jones said. "Had he not been feeling good, then that would've dictated, probably, doing that CT scan, but the way he's doing right now, you'd probably do something like that."
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