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Witten out at least for rest of preseason with spleen injury

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says he held his breath when tight end Jason Witten took a wicked hit from Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain on Monday night.

Jones may not have exhaled yet.

Dan Patrick strongly hinted in one of the early segments of The Dan Patrick Show that Witten may have suffered a spleen injury, and that it could be serious.

A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that Witten indeed suffered a spleen injury, which resulted in internal bleeding.  Per the source, Witten will miss the rest of the preseason.

At this time, it’s not believed that surgery will be required.  But it hasn’t completely been ruled out.

Witten also hasn’t been ruled out for the Week One game against the Giants.  The fact that the Cowboys and Giants open on Wednesday night could make it harder for Witten to be ready to go.

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  1. t16rich says: Aug 15, 2012 10:51 AM

    Every Eagles, Giants and Skins fan just gave a small fist pump. Guy is a nightmare to cover. Never want to see an injury like this though. All the best Witten, get healthy and back to ruling linebackers in coverage.

  2. blacknole08 says: Aug 15, 2012 10:52 AM

    Yikes! Injuries to Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, Felix Jones, DeMarco Murray, 2/3 the offensive line, and NOW Witten?

    Gonna be a long season for Cowboys fans.

  3. allascowboys says: Aug 15, 2012 10:52 AM

    Shat…

  4. jerseyshoregiant says: Aug 15, 2012 10:53 AM

    If he needs to have it removed it would be the same recovery time as removing the appendix.

  5. insanelomein2 says: Aug 15, 2012 10:53 AM

    Hate the Star but love how this guy performs on the field.

  6. brady100 says: Aug 15, 2012 10:55 AM

    I could of played professional football, then I took an arrow to the spleen…

  7. cveira117 says: Aug 15, 2012 10:56 AM

    This news SUCKS! I Witten will do whatever it takes to be there on opening night, just be healthy big man we need you all season!

  8. joetoronto says: Aug 15, 2012 10:56 AM

    I wouldn’t call it a “wicked hit”, it where he got hit, not how hard.

  9. csdaddy7777 says: Aug 15, 2012 10:56 AM

    Damn i knew McClain cracked him but i didn’t think it was that bad. Never like to see a player get hurt but Rolondo looks like he’s starting to get it

  10. iberiasaint says: Aug 15, 2012 10:57 AM

    Had a Saint player made the tackle/hit, it would have been evidence of a bounty. Get well soon Jason.

  11. hulkhogansays says: Aug 15, 2012 10:58 AM

    Amazing to see how players in the NFC East are getting “injured” now that RGIII is our QB. I called it last Sunday night, the Redskins are sweeping the Eagles, Giants and Cowboys brother.

  12. gcsuk says: Aug 15, 2012 10:59 AM

    Not a Cowboys fan (I am a Giants fan), but Jason Witten is one of the players on the Cowboys I truly respect. Plays hard, clean, and fair. Always a match up nightmare for the Giants.

    Get better for the opener, Jason. Always best to play a team at full strength.

  13. slightlyhyphy says: Aug 15, 2012 11:00 AM

    Rolando McClain takes no prisoners. Another notch on his belt, adding to the likes of Danny Amendola and Darren Sproles.

  14. chuey1 says: Aug 15, 2012 11:00 AM

    Hope he isn’t hurt too bad. Guy is one of the best TE’s of all time. Best of luck to him, hope he makes it for week 1. As a Giants fan I want to see Jerrah’s boys at they’re best.

  15. stuartscottslefteye says: Aug 15, 2012 11:02 AM

    t16rich says:
    Aug 15, 2012 10:51 AM
    Every Eagles, Giants and Skins fan just gave a small fist pump.
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    Pathetic. A true fan would be disappointed that an oppenent couldn’t put their best team on the field – especially if due to an injury. I bet your the type that takes great pleasure in beating a 5 year old at Scrabble.

  16. dwats says: Aug 15, 2012 11:03 AM

    t16rich, I’m a big Eagles fan, and I cringed when I saw this. I would never get excited about an injury on a rival team. I want all your best players out there so there’s no excuses when we whoop you. Get well soon Witten. Our linebackers need the practice.

  17. cowboys5x says: Aug 15, 2012 11:03 AM

    he will be back to do what he does best if not were in big trouble in dallas… whos the back up? exactley

  18. purpleguy says: Aug 15, 2012 11:03 AM

    Can you really come back in a couple weeks from a ruptured spleen. Didn’t the Simms kid miss a whole season after a similar injury?

  19. foul83 says: Aug 15, 2012 11:04 AM

    What were him and Tony doing?

  20. skoobyfl says: Aug 15, 2012 11:04 AM

    I’d plan on IR if it’s that bad.

  21. intherelikeswimwear says: Aug 15, 2012 11:04 AM

    hope he recovers soon. i don’t want any excuses when the birds beat up on the boys 2X this year!

  22. med515 says: Aug 15, 2012 11:05 AM

    Not a Cowboys fan, but have always liked and respected Witten. Get well soon. It’s all on Romo now. If Romo is as elite as the Cowboys say he is, he shouldn’t miss a beat here. Next man up.

  23. nesportsfan0428 says: Aug 15, 2012 11:07 AM

    Isn’t a spleen injury what Chris Simms almost died from? You don’t want to mess with internal njuries, the can get real bad, real fast.

    Glad Witten is OK, and hope he makes it back to the field when he’s 100%

  24. gmen4life33 says: Aug 15, 2012 11:11 AM

    “Yikes! Injuries to Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, Felix Jones, DeMarco Murray, 2/3 the offensive line, and NOW Witten?

    Gonna be a long season for Cowboys fans.”

    Never really want to make a Cowboys fan feel better, but people were saying the same stuff about the Giants last season when we had 1/2 our team injured. As long as you can win a few games early, having all these injuries can actually make your team stronger when you do get healthy. We hit out peak late in the season and it carried us to a ring.

    But then again, the Cowboys do suck.

  25. emac40 says: Aug 15, 2012 11:14 AM

    That sucks. He is tough as nails. The story should have noted he returned to the game after the hit. In the past, this guy breaks his jaw and misses one practice. He suffers a spleen injury and returns to the game and we have other guys on the team looking for reasons to miss because a hammy is tight. J. Whitt…football player and badda$$!

  26. bobbyhoying says: Aug 15, 2012 11:14 AM

    One of my favorite non-Eagles. Great player. Wish him well.

  27. schmitty2 says: Aug 15, 2012 11:20 AM

    slightlyhyphy says:Aug 15, 2012 11:00 AM

    Rolando McClain takes no prisoners. Another notch on his belt, adding to the likes of Danny Amendola and Darren Sproles.

    He takes no prisoners when he is OFF the field apparantley

  28. nflfollower says: Aug 15, 2012 11:22 AM

    Can’t help but feel like son of Jones hinder him by citing him as the shining example who “never misses” practice while calling out claiborne. A lacerated spleen is no joke, not much choice but to wait this one out. Hopefully he gets well soon. And nobody wants him healthy more than tony romo.

  29. bubba9er says: Aug 15, 2012 11:22 AM

    How did anyone get hurt in that game of Pattie Cake against the Raiders? Is Witten always hurt?

  30. jfuzman says: Aug 15, 2012 11:26 AM

    I’m another 100% Eagles fan, but I’m with dwats here: I hope Witten is ok and is back to 100% soon. Like DeMarcus Ware, Troy Aikman, and Emmitt Smith, Witten is a star player and a class act. Beating a team is only truly satisfying when they are their best, and none is better than Witten (especially against the Eagles) at TE and no team is more satisfying to beat than the Cowboys.

    Man, do I wish we had drafted Witten instead of L.J. Smith…

  31. bison4me says: Aug 15, 2012 11:27 AM

    As a Skins fan, I wish him the best. A spleen injury is where the rivalry lines disappear and the humanity side of the things take the forefront. Get well soon, and we’ll see you on Turkey Day.

  32. shlomotruehovic says: Aug 15, 2012 11:34 AM

    stuartscottslefteye says: Aug 15, 2012 11:02 AM

    t16rich says:
    Aug 15, 2012 10:51 AM
    Every Eagles, Giants and Skins fan just gave a small fist pump.
    ———————————————–

    Pathetic. A true fan would be disappointed that an oppenent couldn’t put their best team on the field – especially if due to an injury. I bet your the type that takes great pleasure in beating a 5 year old at Scrabble.

    Actually, wrong. A true fan is happy whenever their team can get a competitive edge. Injuries are purest competitive edge. That’s football suck it up!

  33. macwomack says: Aug 15, 2012 11:36 AM

    @gmen4life33 –
    yeah cowboys have injuries – but guess what you need to stop worrying about them and worry about the Skins — they beat your team twice!

    But hey don’t worry – if they sweep the giants again Mara will use his voodoo to get more salary cap sanctions.

  34. hulkhogansays says: Aug 15, 2012 11:39 AM

    It must eat you guys inside everytime you turn on your television and see Robert Griffin in a commercial. He’s there because he’s that good…and he’s going to continue to be in the spotlight because he and the rest of our team is legit. The Redskins are here to stay for the next decade, we aren’t a fluke. Thumb me down all you want, but the Redskins are going to sit atop the NFC East with a legend at QB and there is NOTHING any of the other 3 teams can do about it brother. Case closed.

  35. blackfoot11 says: Aug 15, 2012 11:39 AM

    If Witten is hurt this bad. Imagine how is best buddy Romo feels for hanging him out to dry on the throw. Hope Witten recovers well.

  36. gdeli says: Aug 15, 2012 11:43 AM

    Seasons over cowboys. But so is the vikings already. ha

  37. ppc50 says: Aug 15, 2012 11:44 AM

    I’ve been a Dallas fan since ’76, so I want them to do great. Witten has been good over the years, but some of these comments are funny. Witten has never been fast or quick, never has been to much of a matchup nightmare for LBs (I guess somewhat – # of catches). In regards to toughness, again, I guess, the only play that stands out is the helmet-less run vs. the Eagles. Over the past few years he has been rather easy to tackle, always run tentative (looking behind ), and vs. the Jets got knocked out at the 1 by Leonard = 185 lb safety. I have never seen this guy break someone to get that extra yard for the first. He has put up very good numbers because he is Romo’s safety valve and buddy, which is more bad than good. I hope he gets well, but Hanna may surprise some people.

  38. t16rich says: Aug 15, 2012 11:44 AM

    stuartscottslefteye says:
    Aug 15, 2012 11:02 AM
    t16rich says:
    Aug 15, 2012 10:51 AM
    Every Eagles, Giants and Skins fan just gave a small fist pump.
    ———————————————–

    Pathetic. A true fan would be disappointed that an oppenent couldn’t put their best team on the field – especially if due to an injury. I bet your the type that takes great pleasure in beating a 5 year old at Scrabble.

    A true competitor should feel that not a fan. Post my whole comment to you loser. I wished the guy nothing but the best and said I want to see him get back to dominating on the field. Go get beat by your little brother at scrabble and shut up.

  39. Matt says: Aug 15, 2012 11:46 AM

    I’m pretty sure Christian Tapscott is out at least the rest of the preseason as well.

    I’m a diehard Raiders fan, but Rolando gets the pre-2011 DHB treatment from me (endless jokes and ridicule) until he steps up his game. He’s basically the linebacker equivalent of Derrick Gibson right now. Great hits, poor angles. Let’s hope he gets his act together.

  40. mrbungholio says: Aug 15, 2012 11:48 AM

    Someone said the Redskins are sweeping the Giants, Eagles, and Cowboys? You must be higher than giraffe balls!

  41. offkiltereagle says: Aug 15, 2012 11:48 AM

    Sounds alot like Chris Simms, this could be bad news for the boys. I don’t root for injury but if it makes them weaker I have no remorse, and love the fact that it will put the spotlight on what a bad gm jerrah is. GO BIRDS!!! E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES!!!

  42. hulkhogansay says: Aug 15, 2012 11:49 AM

    Amazing to see how even with players in the NFC East getting injured, my Skins and RGIII will choke as usual. I hope I don’t break my ankle jumping off this bandwagon in a few weeks brother…

  43. therealraiderduck says: Aug 15, 2012 12:06 PM

    It was just a bad situation for Witten. He had to turn back to see the ball, couldn’t see McClain barreling down on him, and didn’t brace himself for the hit. McClain, for his part, knew Witten’s a threat to take it upfield and had to knock him down right there.

  44. dmvtransplant says: Aug 15, 2012 12:16 PM

    @ hulkhogansays

    Amazing to see how players in the NFC East are getting “injured” now that RGIII is our QB. I called it last Sunday night, the Redskins are sweeping the Eagles, Giants and Cowboys brother.

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    Typical Redskins fan still just praying that you can make it to 6 wins, while everybody else wants to win a Super Bowl. Way to aim low.

  45. davem23 says: Aug 15, 2012 12:17 PM

    When I watched the play it was clear Romo hung him out to dry, he had no way to protect himself. You have to be smart with the ball.

  46. m2karateman says: Aug 15, 2012 12:19 PM

    I saw that hit, and it was a SHOT. Good, clean hit that just got him in the wrong spot. Hope Witten gets well soon. Tough guy, as he came back into the game after that hit.

    Best of luck Witty.

  47. musicman495 says: Aug 15, 2012 12:25 PM

    Redskins fan here who has spent several years booing Jason Witten, but I sincerely hope he is OK and gets back on the field soon.

    And no one should think hulkhogan – who just dissed RGIII in another comments forum – represents any other Redskins fan.

  48. baddegg says: Aug 15, 2012 12:26 PM

    …and Goddell just outlawed shots to the spleen.

    Seriously, I’m a Skins fan, but best wishes to Witten on a speedy recovery. Never want to see anyone hurt, even if they play for a rival…

  49. moth25 says: Aug 15, 2012 12:29 PM

    I wonder if Stephen Jones is telling Witten that he can’t make the club from the tub.

  50. dallasfan55 says: Aug 15, 2012 12:33 PM

    I feel like there is a black cloud over the Cowboys. Anything that could go wrong has gone wrong. Not only were the Cowboys given the worse NFL schedule available, they have an abundance of injuries weighing them down. If we manage another 8 – 8 status I will be impressed. I hope Witten will be ok, I do know that an injured spleen can be life threatening. Hang in there Boys!..Surely it can only get better from here on out.

  51. xarnthal says: Aug 15, 2012 12:36 PM

    As an Eagles Fan, WOOHOO! 2-0 season for the Eagles vs. Cowboys series!

    Guy is easily the best tight end in the league the last 10 years, just wish he was on our team. Cowgirls ruin everyone.

  52. dogluverssuck says: Aug 15, 2012 12:47 PM

    I’ll take Brent Celek any day.

  53. chachi925 says: Aug 15, 2012 12:53 PM

    I was shocked when he came back into the game after that hit. In PRESEASON.
    Not smart.

  54. markdamack says: Aug 15, 2012 12:59 PM

    ppc50 says:
    Aug 15, 2012 11:44 AM
    I’ve been a Dallas fan since ’76, so I want them to do great. Witten has been good over the years, but some of these comments are funny. Witten has never been fast or quick, never has been to much of a matchup nightmare for LBs (I guess somewhat – # of catches). In regards to toughness, again, I guess, the only play that stands out is the helmet-less run vs. the Eagles. Over the past few years he has been rather easy to tackle, always run tentative (looking behind ), and vs. the Jets got knocked out at the 1 by Leonard = 185 lb safety. I have never seen this guy break someone to get that extra yard for the first. He has put up very good numbers because he is Romo’s safety valve and buddy, which is more bad than good. I hope he gets well, but Hanna may surprise some people.

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    lol wut?

    To be a long time cowboys fans, you sure aren’t very aware of who this guy is. He isn’t a match up night mare? That’s why the Eagles put Nnamdi on him a few plays a game? That’s why, if he plays as long as Tony Gonazales, he’ll break all of his records. Already looks like a first ballot hall of famer? Is the quickest tight end to reach all of his stats milestones? Has only missed one regular season game, and that was his rookie year. Last year Vernon Davis said he may have the best hands in the NFL period….I feel you don’t pay enough attention

  55. hulkhogansays says: Aug 15, 2012 1:36 PM

    And no one should think hulkhogan – who just dissed RGIII in another comments forum – represents any other Redskins fan.
    —————-
    I tell it like it is. You are one of those fans who want to play all nice with other rivals who for years joked about the Redskins. Not me. The pieces are in place and I DECLARE RGIII is here and will take back our division like in the 80’s brother and there’s nothing the haters can do about it.

    PS – Look closely at the screenname who dissed RGIII in the Tavaris article.

  56. nashwaakkidd says: Aug 15, 2012 1:45 PM

    great player and seems like a classy guy, too bad he plays for the cowgirls. hope for a speedy recovery for him. also hope fpr 4th place in the nfc east for tony the turnover and the rest of the cowgirls.

  57. ppc50 says: Aug 15, 2012 1:47 PM

    I am very aware who Witten is, Mark. When you watch the games, just watch how he runs/reacts to the defense and he is tentative, has been for about 3 years now. The Eagles put their “best” CB on him for a few plays (for only 1 year), because they have a coaching staff that is better than OC/HC Garrett and know that Romo will most likely throw to him – called a strong defensive scheme and their WRs were dinged up all year. I’m not bagging on his numbers, they are very good, but to be a 1st ballot HOFer, I think he at least has to be involved with more than one playoff win in his career. Also, I don’t think there is a comparison between Witten and Gonzales, similar to stating that if Gates never missed a game he would be the best ever.

  58. bigblu73 says: Aug 15, 2012 1:50 PM

    This is professional football gentlemen, not a knitting circle!! Players get injured week in week out! Although I’m not happy witten was injured I’m not particularly sad either, it’s the nature of the beast!!! Ask me, a GMEN fanatic thru and thru, injuries are part of the game!!! Next Man Up Cowboys!!! Sure glad you allowed us to acquire Bennett, he’s lookin pretty darn good so far!!! Lol

  59. narutofan10 says: Aug 15, 2012 2:25 PM

    He will be ready for the season opener the guy is tough as nails.

  60. pete387 says: Aug 15, 2012 2:50 PM

    hulkhogansays

    Amazing to see how players in the NFC East are getting “injured” now that RGIII is our QB. I called it last Sunday night, the Redskins are sweeping the Eagles, Giants and Cowboys brother.

    —————

    I’d be more concerned about RG3 getting slammed into the turf this season. The elite pass rushers in the NFC East are gonna destroy that shaky Redskin O-line.

  61. tombrookshire says: Aug 15, 2012 3:04 PM

    Even though the league and union have made new rules to less the number of injuries, they seem to be coming at a steady rate anyway. So, what have the new rules against violent practices, hitting and the rest really accomplished? Would there be even more. Seems to be happening at the same rate as before the new rules.

  62. markdamack says: Aug 15, 2012 3:05 PM

    ppc50 says:
    Aug 15, 2012 1:47 PM
    I am very aware who Witten is, Mark. When you watch the games, just watch how he runs/reacts to the defense and he is tentative, has been for about 3 years now. The Eagles put their “best” CB on him for a few plays (for only 1 year), because they have a coaching staff that is better than OC/HC Garrett and know that Romo will most likely throw to him – called a strong defensive scheme and their WRs were dinged up all year. I’m not bagging on his numbers, they are very good, but to be a 1st ballot HOFer, I think he at least has to be involved with more than one playoff win in his career. Also, I don’t think there is a comparison between Witten and Gonzales, similar to stating that if Gates never missed a game he would be the best ever.

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    Ok, well I’ll just put it this way….you’re one of the only people I have ever heard say anything negative at all about Witten’s game. That’s not hyperbole, that’s not an exageration. You have this thread alone littered with Skins, Giants, and Eagles fans all saying positive stuff about Witten. That would only happen if maybe this was about Ware.

    Also, the Gates comparison isn’t similar. We aren’t talking about what-ifs here, i’m talking facts. At this point in his career, there has been no tight end who has produced more than Witten at the same point in their careers. We’re talking an 8 year career so far, 7 pro-bowls, 5 all-pros, fastest to 600 receptions, 3rd all time on TE receptions already.

  63. bluebongzilla says: Aug 15, 2012 5:56 PM

    “When you watch the games, just watch how he runs/reacts to the defense and he is tentative, has been for about 3 years now. The Eagles put their “best” CB on him for a few plays (for only 1 year), because they have a coaching staff that is better than OC/HC Garrett and know that Romo will most likely throw to him”

    Right, because you have to be really on the ball to realize that one of the best TE’s in the game will get a lot of looks against teams with crappy LBs. Jeez…

    The Eagles have a pretty good coaching staff but their biggest weakness is the fact that Andy Reid is in charge. That’s an even bigger weakness than putting an offensive guy in control of the defense. How many games will Reid choke away due to rookie clock mismanagement this season? The O/U is 2. You know it will happen. I know it will happen.

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