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Jason Witten has lacerated spleen, ruled out next two weeks


The Cowboys have released some more information about the health of tight end Jason Witten after Wednesday morning’s report that he’ll miss the rest of the preseason with an injury to his spleen.

Coach Jason Garrett said that Witten has a lacerated spleen, an injury that Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports that he referred to as “very serious.” The plan for now is for Witten to remain idle for around the next 10 days. There’s no surgery planned and Garrett said that Witten would be evaluated after that 10-day stretch.

As a result, Witten has been ruled out of this week’s game against the Chargers as well as the third preseason game against the Rams. Any further idea about when he might be able to return to the field will have to wait until the injury has been given time to heal.

The Cowboys signed tight end Harry Flaherty on Wednesday, giving them another healthy body at a position that’s also been missing John Phillips because of an ankle injury. He’s not permitted to practice in pads during his first three days with the team, which means he won’t have a chance to take part in a full practice before the Chargers game. The team waived-injured offensive lineman Bill Nagy, who suffered a sprained left ankle early in camp after fracturing the same ankle last season.

Flaherty, who spent time with the Saints last year, is Garrett’s nephew, a fact that might explain why he was on the top of the team’s emergency tight end list.

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29 Responses to “Jason Witten has lacerated spleen, ruled out next two weeks”
  1. sfnightwriter says: Aug 15, 2012 3:28 PM

    This one HAS to be attributed to Jones calling out Morris Clairborne. “Look at Jason Witten, he never gets hurt!” You just don’t give the football gods opportunities like that. It’s like saying “What’s the worst that can happen?” or “I’ll be right back!”

  2. hulkhogansays says: Aug 15, 2012 3:30 PM

    Tenard and Brandon will finish the job. Redskins sweep, sweep the Cowboys this year brother.

  3. humboldt420 says: Aug 15, 2012 3:33 PM

    That open-field shot Witten took from Raiders middle linebacker Rolando McClain in the Monday Night game looked like it hurt.

    Now we know it did hurt, a lot.

  4. East Coast Raider says: Aug 15, 2012 3:36 PM

    “Will finish the job?” What is wrong with you? We get that you think it’s cute to be Hulk Hogan. But you’re implying doing some sort of damage worse than a lacerated spleen, which is pretty sick.

  5. cowboyhater says: Aug 15, 2012 3:37 PM

    hulkhogansays says: Aug 15, 2012 3:30 PM

    Tenard and Brandon will finish the job. Redskins sweep, sweep the Cowboys this year brother.


    Stop giving all the skins fans a bad name. Have some class. Plus, Tenard is no guarantee at FS. Chill out brother.

  6. marvsleezy says: Aug 15, 2012 3:37 PM

    Thurman Thomas missed a whole year with a similar injury – Obviously this is not as serious –

    BUT – dont just assume he will be back as soon as they say.

  7. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 15, 2012 3:40 PM

    When an NFL coach is signing his nephew to play, you know they’re becoming pretty desperate.

    I think Jeremy Shockey is still a free agent.

    Good look to Witten on a speedy recovery. He is an awesome TE.

  8. plumbstupid says: Aug 15, 2012 3:56 PM

    Philly fan here – Get well soon, Witten! It’s not as fun beating the Cowboys without you on the field. Great tight end, no denying it.

  9. markdamack says: Aug 15, 2012 3:57 PM

    hulkhogansays says:
    Aug 15, 2012 3:30 PM
    Tenard and Brandon will finish the job. Redskins sweep, sweep the Cowboys this year brother.

    You should probably be concerned about your own tight ends. Cooley gets hurt for half the season even when nobody touches him and “smokey” davis is one more bong party away from a year long suspension and probably finding another job

  10. rayguyreturns says: Aug 15, 2012 4:08 PM

    Get well soon. It’s a waste when guys get injured, especially in “pre-season”. Spleen injuries are notoriously very serious.

  11. bobhk says: Aug 15, 2012 4:16 PM

    Perhaps Claiborne made a deal with McLain as a revenge against Stephen Jones…. šŸ™‚

    J/K cowboys fans.

  12. ppc50 says: Aug 15, 2012 4:23 PM

    Interesting that they would sign Garrett’s nephew as a backup TE, instead of acquiring a established, available TE that may help the team down the line. Oh, I forgot, Garrett’s brother is the TE coach, other brother (let go from the Rams) works in the “front office”and his father was a scout for the Cowboys for years. The Garrett family is sure entrenched with the Cowboys. Isn’t Shockey, Reggie Kelley, etc available?

  13. jmota222 says: Aug 15, 2012 4:25 PM

    Get well Jason!! I’m a lifelong giant fan but I never like to see great players hurt!!!

  14. bringbacktheflex says: Aug 15, 2012 4:31 PM

    And don’t wear rib pads. God knows they might slow you down.

  15. hulkhogansays says: Aug 15, 2012 4:49 PM

    East Coast Raider says:
    He steps on a football field on gameday = he’s healthy and all bets are off brother. Goodness, it’s amusing to see how Sensitive many NFCE fans are around here. Fact, your player steps on the field against my team, then he’s healthy and everything else is out the window brother. Case closed.

  16. h8trsgonnah8 says: Aug 15, 2012 5:14 PM

    Garretts nephew is nothing more than a camp body. Plain and simple. He will not make the roster. Some of you guys are so stupid!!

  17. ike301 says: Aug 15, 2012 5:28 PM

    From a die hard Giants fan, get well Jason and don’t rush things. In my opinion, Witten is a top 2 tight end in this league. Class act.

    Also, everyone needs to stop responding to hulkhogansays. He’s doing this on purpose. If we all just simply tune him out, he will stop eventually. It’s the responses to his ignorant comments that keeps him going. STOP RESPONDING!

  18. wehager says: Aug 15, 2012 5:33 PM

    As a Raider fan, I would like to slow down a bit here and wish Jason Witten a safe and speedy recovery. It is never good when a man gets this hurt in a game.
    God speed.

  19. Giantspunk213 says: Aug 15, 2012 5:56 PM

    Really awful news, i’m a giants fan but i’ve always liked the way Witten plays the game, i hope he makes a full recovery and we see him on the field this season.

  20. crawfish2011 says: Aug 15, 2012 6:11 PM

    Claiborne hurt, both WRs have hamstring injuries…Romo’s security blanket is already banged up. The Cowboy’s season is done and they don’t even have to wait for Tony Romo’s anti clutch factor to kick in. It’s time for the Cowboy’s to destroy and rebuild that franchise. They’ll go 1-15 draft Matt Barkley and hire Sean Payton as coach.

  21. rodell77 says: Aug 15, 2012 6:49 PM

    he will have to find a new blanket. could be a good thing for romo. it’s been a knock on him by team mates for years. remember TO.

  22. bluebongzilla says: Aug 15, 2012 6:55 PM

    Adversity brings opportunity. Romo can make a star out of anybody that is willing to put in the work.

  23. jmsincla says: Aug 15, 2012 7:09 PM

    Hulk, the rest of us Redskins fans would like for you to shut up.

    Hopefully Witten recovers quickly.

  24. mancave001 says: Aug 15, 2012 7:24 PM

    Well, I’ve got to do it: I’m an Eagles fan, and can’t stand the Cowgirls. But not only is Witten great, it’s scary to hear about such an injury. Best of luck in recovering from all of us that bleed green. Now Jerry…learn to shut up!

  25. hulkhogansays says: Aug 15, 2012 7:47 PM

    Nope. I don’t schmooze with Divison rivals. I only want to hear from any of them after RGIII and Co. sweep them all and the Redskins win our division. The NFC East belongs to the Washington Redskins brother.

  26. hulkhogansay says: Aug 15, 2012 8:09 PM

    jmsincla says:
    Aug 15, 2012 7:09 PM
    Hulk, the rest of us Redskins fans would like for you to shut up.

    No brother, I will not shut up. And I’m not really that much of a Skins fan, just more of a fan of sweaty men.

  27. jmsincla says: Aug 15, 2012 9:14 PM

    hulkhogansay says:
    Aug 15, 2012 8:09 PM

    No brother, I will not shut up. And Iā€™m not really that much of a Skins fan, just more of a fan of sweaty men.


    Ha! You win this round…

  28. jcg23 says: Aug 15, 2012 11:51 PM

    Anyone that would wish injury or more injury on a person or a team is a weaksauce individual. Win or Lose, I’d like to play teams at full Strength and vice versa. When you beat up a team that is already beat up. Sure it’s a win, but it wasn’t a contest.

  29. ygtandoh says: Aug 16, 2012 3:04 PM

    Good riddance….tired of Romo throwing checkdowns to witten and making Dallas receivers look bad…

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