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.