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Report: Jason Witten won’t need surgery on his spleen

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It was just over a week ago that Cowboys tight end Jason Witten lacerated his spleen in a game against the Raiders.

When Witten’s injury was first diagnosed, the course of action was for him to remain idle for about 10 days before doctors re-evaluated him to see if he needed surgery to repair the wound. It’s been about that long and Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that doctors have weighed in with their answer to that question.

The answer is the one Witten and the Cowboys were hoping to hear. Schefter reports that Witten won’t need surgery because the bleeding in his spleen has subsided after the injury repaired itself.

The news isn’t all good for the tight end, however. While Witten is still shooting to be on the field when the Cowboys kick off the regular season against the Giants on Sept. 5, Schefter writes that he’s questionable to return for that game. It is more likely he will make his return against the Seahawks in Week Two, which isn’t ideal but is far better than the prospect of an extended absence for one of the key players on the Dallas offense.

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38 Responses to “Report: Jason Witten won’t need surgery on his spleen”
  1. voiceofreasonsays says: Aug 22, 2012 4:47 PM

    Dallas Cowboys : Last place in the NFC East.

  2. phillycheez says: Aug 22, 2012 4:49 PM

    Glad he’s getting better. Now the Cowpies can go 0-16 with no excuses.

  3. erod22 says: Aug 22, 2012 4:49 PM

    “Lacerated spleen” sounds almost as bad as the dreaded “testicular contortion”. Yikes.

    Good news for Witten and the Cowboys.

  4. ike301 says: Aug 22, 2012 4:50 PM

    From a Giants fan, this is good news. This guy is a baller, plain and simple. I just hope he doesn’t rush back too soon.

  5. romo2witten says: Aug 22, 2012 4:51 PM

    Anyone want to bet against Witten playing in the season opener?

  6. hughhoney2 says: Aug 22, 2012 4:54 PM

    Please come back for week 1! Giants D will make sure to make that thing rupture

  7. canetic says: Aug 22, 2012 4:55 PM

    It’s definitely safer for him to start against the soft-hitting Seahawks instead of the physical Giants D.

  8. nashwaakkidd says: Aug 22, 2012 4:55 PM

    one way to keep opposing players off the field ……seperate them from their organs! hope he gets better , but i’m not a cowgirls fan, truth is , he’ll put up good numbers, but playoff wins…….not so much ………with tony the turnover coughing it up at the most innoportune times. see ya at 8-8

  9. gcsuk says: Aug 22, 2012 4:55 PM

    Good to hear. As a Giants fan, I may not have love for the Cowboys, but Witten is a player to respect. Same with Ware and Sean Lee. Tough, hard-nosed, plays the game right. Get better, Witten.

  10. meana55 says: Aug 22, 2012 5:01 PM

    hughhoney2 says:
    Aug 22, 2012 4:54 PM
    Please come back for week 1! Giants D will make sure to make that thing rupture

     ^^^
    Must be a saints fan.

  11. jimbobobjr says: Aug 22, 2012 5:11 PM

    Owww!!! My spleen!!!

  12. keithbangedyermom says: Aug 22, 2012 5:15 PM

    This Cowboys fan just wants to say thank you to the Giants fans showing their class with the sincere well wishes.

  13. seahawkfan4evr says: Aug 22, 2012 5:20 PM

    canetic says:
    Aug 22, 2012 4:55 PM
    It’s definitely safer for him to start against the soft-hitting Seahawks instead of the physical Giants D.

     
    Haha laughable head to head last year we beat you with ….. Clipboard Jesus

  14. dadeyemi says: Aug 22, 2012 5:21 PM

    ^^^^^ this Giants fan says if you want class, go watch ice skating.

  15. cliffordc05 says: Aug 22, 2012 5:30 PM

    I think these are overly optimistic projections as far as his ability to safely return to the field. I will be surprised if he returns prior to October.

  16. msclemons67 says: Aug 22, 2012 5:31 PM

    Written is tougher than me. If I ever hear the words “lacerated spleen” the 1st thing out of my mouth will be “MORPHINE!!!”

  17. bobhk says: Aug 22, 2012 5:35 PM

    canetic says:
    Aug 22, 2012 4:55 PM
    It’s definitely safer for him to start against the soft-hitting Seahawks instead of the physical Giants D.
    —————–
    You have no idea what you are spouting. Hawks D is big and fast (it’s their offense, other than Lynch, that sucks). Those guys will beat up a lot of WR, TE, and RBs.

    I am not even a seagal fan but most people will be surprised how good that D is.

  18. rg3and13 says: Aug 22, 2012 5:36 PM

    The collective IQ of the Giants fans here is less than the number of playoff wins Romo has.

  19. calizcowboyz says: Aug 22, 2012 5:40 PM

    Good news. Giants fans, nice going showing class and respect to seriously injured players.
    Same here, I hate the Giants, Eagles and Skins
    but I do like some of their players for sure and have respect for those players and never wish ill will to no player.

    Class Act Peeps!

    Tomorrow back to talking trash and smack!

    NFC East = NFL’s best and elite!

  20. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Aug 22, 2012 5:52 PM

    keithbangedyermom says: Aug 22, 2012 5:15 PM

    This Cowboys fan just wants to say thank you to the Giants fans showing their class with the sincere well wishes.

    Yo dude: you picked that username and have now become the arbiter of class? Priceless.

  21. purpleguy says: Aug 22, 2012 5:55 PM

    Good for Witten, but seriously there is no realistic way a ruptured or damaged spleen will be healed sufficiently to withstand the trauma that will be sustained in the first couple games of the NFL season. Sure he’s tough, and could probably try and play, but geez, wait a couple games to let it heal properly.

  22. michaeljacksonisback says: Aug 22, 2012 5:56 PM

    Another reciever injured figures!!! These guys get injured more than one of my back up dancers HEE HEEEEE

  23. txtroutslayer says: Aug 22, 2012 5:58 PM

    nashwaakkidd says:
    Aug 22, 2012 4:55 PM
    ….not so much ………with tony the turnover coughing it up at the most innoportune times. see ya at 8-8…..

    In the last two years Romo has attempted 735 passes and only been intercepted 17 times while throwing 42 touchdowns….

  24. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Aug 22, 2012 6:24 PM

    as a giants fan obviously i despise all things cowboys (see username).
    however, witten is one of a handful of guys on opposing nfc east teams that i have respect for.
    glad to hear he’s doing ok.

  25. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 22, 2012 6:44 PM

    Witten is important part of the Cowboys offense. Hope he makes the Giants game but most importantly he will be back.

  26. jwreck says: Aug 22, 2012 6:52 PM

    cliffordc05 says: Aug 22, 2012 5:30 PM

    I think these are overly optimistic projections as far as his ability to safely return to the field. I will be surprised if he returns prior to October.
    _____
    This guy has it right. If it was up to Witten, he’d be on the field tomorrow, but you can’t take chances with a spleen, and the coaching staff will keep him on the bench as long as possible. If it does rupture, he’ll be out the rest of the season, and at his age, it might be the end of his career. Spleens don’t mess around.

    I hate when people use personal anecdotes to illustrate a point on PFT, but in high school, our middle linebacker was a straight up monster, probably 6’5, 260, had a couple of D1 offers. Anyway, second game of the season, he burst his spleen falling on a loose ball. When he got out of the Hospital, he weighed 175 and could barely run a quarter mile without collapsing. I think he’s an accountant now.

  27. tiredofyoureferringtoateamaswe says: Aug 22, 2012 7:18 PM

    I hate the Cowboys and always hope they lose. With that said, glad to hear this injury isn’t too serious. I would never wish a serious injury to any player regardless of what team they play for. Just because a man plays for a classless organization, doesn’t mean the man is without class and deserves serious injury.

  28. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Aug 22, 2012 7:19 PM

    Cowboys are done! Stick a fork in them!
    The amazing Jerry and his circus go 6-10.

  29. fuzzebear says: Aug 22, 2012 7:32 PM

    I hate when people use personal anecdotes to illustrate a point on PFT, but in high school, our middle linebacker was a straight up monster, probably 6’5, 260, had a couple of D1 offers. Anyway, second game of the season, he burst his spleen falling on a loose ball. When he got out of the Hospital, he weighed 175 and could barely run a quarter mile without collapsing. I think he’s an accountant now.
    ___________________________________

    Witten is world class athlete in the toughest leage in America. He’s been doing this for years and is in peak phsical condition. He’s not a high school football monster.

    And Giant fans, enjoy it now becasue it WON’T LAST. IT NEVER DOES!

  30. jsrdc says: Aug 22, 2012 8:33 PM

    @ phillycheez

    Even if the Cowboys went 0-16 (which we all know won’t happen – not even close), they still have 5 things the Eagles don’t have, and may never attain – Super Bowl rings. It’s why you play the game.

    It is funny how all these Eagle fans always seem to focus on regular season stats. When you are a fan of a team that has zero Super Bowl rings, I guess it is fitting to compare all that you are accustomed to discussing – regular season wins and losses.

    Until you have reached that echelon, us Cowboy Giants, and yes, even Skin fans, will keep reminding you of your lack thereof, Eagle fans

    What counts is SB wins. What a maroon……

  31. musicman495 says: Aug 22, 2012 8:55 PM

    Skins fan here, who is glad for the good news about Witten.

  32. cardiovascularendurance says: Aug 22, 2012 9:02 PM

    jsrc says, “What a maroon…” therefore negating any points he previous attempted to make.

    On another note, I hope Witten’s okay. If I was the ‘boys, I’d put him on PUP to start the season to make sure he was certainly healed. Lacerated organs are nothing to mess with.

  33. 1nationraidernation says: Aug 22, 2012 9:39 PM

    i am glad he is ok, and also glad that rolondo mcclain finally actually put an “NFL” hit on somebody…about time

  34. jwreck says: Aug 22, 2012 9:50 PM

    I hate when people use personal anecdotes to illustrate a point on PFT, but in high school, our middle linebacker was a straight up monster, probably 6’5, 260, had a couple of D1 offers. Anyway, second game of the season, he burst his spleen falling on a loose ball. When he got out of the Hospital, he weighed 175 and could barely run a quarter mile without collapsing. I think he’s an accountant now.
    ___________________________________

    Witten is world class athlete in the toughest leage in America. He’s been doing this for years and is in peak phsical condition. He’s not a high school football monster.
    __________
    And…? Without a spleen it doesn’t matter. Witten is a human being. It doesn’t matter how tough you are or how much you love the game. If your body loses the ability to produce and replenish red blood cells to carry nutrients around the body, you cannot function, no matter how “peak” your physical condition is. Jim Thorpe, Ronnie Lott, Jack Lambert, Mike Ditka, Reggie White, John Rambo, Chuck Norris: it doesn’t matter; without spleens, they’re just regular guys. And that’s why the coaches will hold Witten out as long as possible.

  35. rodeoclownclint24 says: Aug 22, 2012 10:15 PM

    an witten didnt burst or rupture his spleen it was a slightly, slightly lacerated spleen

  36. richndc says: Aug 22, 2012 11:01 PM

    Now he doesn’t have to worry when blasting out those awesome loud farts of his!!!

  37. SteelyMcBeam6 says: Aug 22, 2012 11:38 PM

    As good as this guy is I’ll never understand why the cowboys and or romo completely avoid him in the red zone

  38. jsrdc says: Aug 23, 2012 2:51 AM

    @cardiovascularendurance

    Firstly it is jsrdc.

    Secondly, maybe you don’t understand how this works. I put an Eagle fan in his place, and then I call him a maroon for his moronic post. That negates the “points I attempted to make? No – what that did was emphasize the facts, which are:

    1 – Eagles have zero SB’s – sad, but true.
    2 – Eagle fans love to talk wins/losses in regular season – that is all they have. Also sad, but true.
    3 – If it did “negate” my points, the thumbs up to thumbs down count surely doesn’t show it, with 20 people agreeing to you obviously being the one who didn’t agree. Not sad, but yes, true.

    Are you also one of those butt-hurt Eagle fans who can’t handle the truth?

    Here is some advice. Try again, but next time, you really need to try much harder, bro.

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