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Cowboys tight end Jason Witten will play vs. Giants

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Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, who suffered a lacerated spleen in a preseason game against the Raiders on August 13, has recovered sufficiently that he will play as the NFL opens its regular season tonight against the Giants.

NBC’s Michelle Tafoya reports that Witten is playing. Witten said the doctors cleared him and he’s feeling fine, although he will wear protective gear as a precaution.

Witten, who has played in 139 consecutive regular-season games, was reportedly so eager to play that he offered to sign a waiver absolving the Cowboys and their doctors of any liability if he were to play and do further damage to his spleen — an offer the Cowboys declined.

So Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will have his favorite target on the field, and the Cowboys’ offense will be at full strength against the defending champions.

UPDATE 7:21 p.m. ET: The Cowboys’ inactives are S Matt Johnson, G David Arkin, TE Colin Cochart, NT Jay Ratliff, CB Mike Jenkins, S Danny McCray and LB Kyle Wilber. The Giants’ inactives are CB Prince Amukamara, OT James Brewer, DT Marvin Austin, WR Jerrel Jernigan, RB Da’Rel Scott, DE Adewale Ojomo and G Mitch Petrus.

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60 Responses to “Cowboys tight end Jason Witten will play vs. Giants”
  1. roth19 says: Sep 5, 2012 7:05 PM

    My man. Lets Go ‘Boys!!

  2. daysend564 says: Sep 5, 2012 7:06 PM

    Warrior…..

    Dallas 41
    Giants 17

  3. kingcarlbanks says: Sep 5, 2012 7:06 PM

    Glad he’s healthy enough to play, he’s on three of my fantasy teams.Hope he’s the only Cowboy who has a good game! GO BIG BLUE!

  4. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 5, 2012 7:07 PM

    What a dunce. Dallas fans will say somthing silly like “He’s a warrior, tough…” etc. but they will be the first too turn on him when he sues the franchise for ruining his life. Jason Witten, you are putting risk on your life going out there because defense will make you a target and rightfully so.

  5. itsmammoth says: Sep 5, 2012 7:08 PM

    Let’s Go!

  6. cowboyscountry says: Sep 5, 2012 7:10 PM

    If I ever have a son one day, I’ll want him to grow up to be like Witten.

  7. mgmac says: Sep 5, 2012 7:10 PM

    very unintelligent move. cowboys suck

  8. pesh00 says: Sep 5, 2012 7:11 PM

    BEAST!

    Greatest TE in Cowboys history….

  9. succulentnipples says: Sep 5, 2012 7:13 PM

    It’s just a little lacerated internal organ.

  10. mgmac says: Sep 5, 2012 7:13 PM

    a warrior is one who fights in miltary battles in which death may occur , he is NOT a warrior. he is a football player. do not confuse the two. Pat Tillman was a warrior. jason witten is a football player

  11. foozeball says: Sep 5, 2012 7:14 PM

    Voiceofreason,
    Did you not read the part where it said “DOCTORS have cleared him to play”?

    Plus the spleen is a non-vital organ

  12. thepvyharvin says: Sep 5, 2012 7:15 PM

    Got to admire his will to play NFL football,,,he is everything that Bryant McKinnie is not..

  13. jkast808 says: Sep 5, 2012 7:17 PM

    Like there was any doubt! Ironman

  14. hastekilled says: Sep 5, 2012 7:19 PM

    The beast lives! Now lets go out there and win tonight! Go Cowboys!

  15. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 5, 2012 7:19 PM

    Won’t make a difference. They can’t stop our offense.

  16. scoops1 says: Sep 5, 2012 7:19 PM

    Favre was a Warrior…..Witten is not

  17. fmwarner says: Sep 5, 2012 7:19 PM

    With the caveat that I’m no doctor, this just has a bad vibe about it. Would rather see him sit tonight and get 10 more days to heal before the Week 2 game.

  18. djstat says: Sep 5, 2012 7:21 PM

    Good. No excuses when they lose.

  19. rpiotr01 says: Sep 5, 2012 7:21 PM

    I think this is reckless by the organization and I hope he makes it through this game and subsequent games OK.

  20. andyreidisarrogantandfat says: Sep 5, 2012 7:23 PM

    What s this Daniel larusso is gonna fight

  21. trefkennedy says: Sep 5, 2012 7:24 PM

    TeamCowboys let’s get

  22. chibears5 says: Sep 5, 2012 7:25 PM

    The Cowboys should not have allowed him to play in this game for his own health and safety.

  23. dannymac17 says: Sep 5, 2012 7:26 PM

    wow @ the spleen being a non-vital organ

    the stupidity astounds me.

  24. eaglesfan94 says: Sep 5, 2012 7:31 PM

    @foozeball

    Yeah, who needs a spleen anyway!

  25. bowwserr says: Sep 5, 2012 7:32 PM

    Aw, darn….just think, if Witten didn’t play tonight, Bennett may have actually gotten a ball thrown to him from Romo….which is, of course, the thing all of us Boys fans secretly dream of. Poor Bennett…..

    Lol.

  26. splitspider7 says: Sep 5, 2012 7:32 PM

    what about the phrase “MEDICALLY CLEARED TO PLAY” don’t people understand? he wouldn’t be playing if the doctors had any problem with it. ANY. if he’s cleared, he’s good to go. it’s not like he said, “oh, i’m playing” just for the hell of it. it was the freaking doctors! geez

  27. broncobrewer says: Sep 5, 2012 7:33 PM

    Dumb move. He’s got to think about the rest of his life. Yes the spleen is not vital but it’s like you body’s garbage disposal. Helps fight infection and gets rid of old blood cells. He should sit out.

  28. Matt says: Sep 5, 2012 7:34 PM

    Pretty stunned he’s doing this. Oh well. Good luck?

  29. bluebongzilla says: Sep 5, 2012 7:36 PM

    Favre got himself addicted to painkillers. You don’t have to be tough if you’re numb.

  30. 1122world says: Sep 5, 2012 7:37 PM

    Let the destruction begin.
    War of attrition begins today

  31. dalucks says: Sep 5, 2012 7:37 PM

    Tonight, Cowboys fan are talking about how tough Jason Witten is for playing in this game. Unfortunately, in ten years, if his health begins to fail then people will talk about how stupid he was for playing with a lacerated spleen. Will he be suing the NFL one day because he played with a lacerated spleen without knowing how severe the consequences would be in the future? So much for player safety.

  32. pigskin28woman says: Sep 5, 2012 7:39 PM

    No way they will let him play tonight…rain like hell in NJ and still raining..field is like a swimming pool I bet…be a running game both ways!

  33. voiceforeason says: Sep 5, 2012 7:44 PM

    Stupid is as stupid does brother.

  34. thelastpieceofcheese says: Sep 5, 2012 7:45 PM

    “Cowboys’ offense will be at full strength against the defending champions”

    If the Giants are “defending champions” why do they have to play out the season?

    A defending champion just sits and waits for a challenger, like in boxing.

  35. arlingtonassasin says: Sep 5, 2012 7:51 PM

    daysend564 says:
    Sep 5, 2012 7:06 PM
    Warrior…..

    Dallas 41
    Giants 17

    ———————————
    Dude, there’s a reason the Cowboys have one playoff win in about 12 years. Stupid decisions like this…..and there’s also a reason the Giants have 2 -SB’s in the last 5 years. Good luck putting up 41 against JPP, OSI and Tuck

  36. electionconfidential says: Sep 5, 2012 7:51 PM

    I hope he remains in good health. Kinda makes you skeptical of the NFL’s statements about safety though.

  37. arlingtonassasin says: Sep 5, 2012 7:55 PM

    splitspider7 says:
    Sep 5, 2012 7:32 PM
    what about the phrase “MEDICALLY CLEARED TO PLAY” don’t people understand? he wouldn’t be playing if the doctors had any problem with it. ANY. if he’s cleared, he’s good to go. it’s not like he said, “oh, i’m playing” just for the hell of it. it was the freaking doctors! geez

    ———————-
    Just like those doctors that have told all those players over the years ” here, just have some smelling salts….your head is fine. What concussion? Now get in there!”. Yeah buddy, doctors are allllllways right……pffffft

  38. coughlinsredcheeks says: Sep 5, 2012 7:55 PM

    As a Giants fan, I had a lot of respect for Witten before this game. Seeing him willing to play with an injury like that just raised my respect for him. Still think the Giants will win

  39. warhawk12 says: Sep 5, 2012 7:59 PM

    One of the few class acts from “Americas” team…
    31-17 G-Men

  40. bluefan204 says: Sep 5, 2012 8:01 PM

    cowboyscountry says: Sep 5, 2012 7:10 PM

    If I ever have a son one day, I’ll want him to grow up to be like Witten.

    You want your son to make dumb decisions that could affect his life? Do the kid a favor, if and when: Let him pick his own role models, and dont let yourself be one of them. He’ll thank you down the road

    Go Blue!

  41. showmeram says: Sep 5, 2012 8:16 PM

    I hope he knows what he is doing! If he gets hurt the boys will hurt more.

  42. bluebongzilla says: Sep 5, 2012 8:19 PM

    The Giants have a few class acts too, but none of them are named Mara.

  43. pftb1ows says: Sep 5, 2012 8:21 PM

    mgmac says:Sep 5, 2012 7:13 PM

    a warrior is one who fights in miltary battles in which death may occur , he is NOT a warrior. he is a football player. do not confuse the two. Pat Tillman was a warrior. jason witten is a football player
    ———————————————–

    Websters is your friend….use it genius

  44. bluebongzilla says: Sep 5, 2012 8:21 PM

    arlingtonassassin, doctors are not always right, but I bet they have a better success rate than you do.

  45. bluebongzilla says: Sep 5, 2012 8:23 PM

    bluefan204 if you’ve never made a decision that has affected your life you must still live with your parents.

  46. cowboys8819 says: Sep 5, 2012 8:23 PM

    I love that guy he is just awesome! Let’s Go Cowboys!

  47. baddegg says: Sep 5, 2012 8:23 PM

    I realize that the doctors paid by Jerry Jones have cleared him to play, but this has a weird, reckless feel to it. The injury was so serious and he was so doubtful so close to the start. I hope he makes it through the game ok but I have kind of a bad feeling about this one.

  48. arlingtonassasin says: Sep 5, 2012 8:27 PM

    bluebongzilla says:
    Sep 5, 2012 8:19 PM
    The Giants have a few class acts too, but none of them are named Mara.

    ————
    Without the Mara family the Cowboys and the NFL as we know it would not exist. Read a book Cowboy.

  49. donthollamyname says: Sep 5, 2012 8:28 PM

    Witten is just playing decoy. Whoever starts him in fantasy is a fool. Let’s go Giants!

  50. bradygirl12 says: Sep 5, 2012 8:37 PM

    Maybe Witten should talk to Chris Simms about life without a spleen. This is a real possibility now, having decided on something as foolish as this. It’s the first game,not the playoffs. Stupid fool…

  51. rugdaniels says: Sep 5, 2012 8:41 PM

    Ah, the final seconds of the preseason, when Cowboys fans can still talking before the annual bed pooping inevitably begins.

  52. youallrfools says: Sep 5, 2012 8:41 PM

    After receiving multiple CT Scans he was cleared to play. He is wearing extra padding just in case over the injury.

    In the current NFL do you think a team would take this kind of risk? C’mon people. Use your heads – altough the commentors on PFT aren’t the brightest bunch.

  53. amaf21 says: Sep 5, 2012 9:21 PM

    Witten looks horrible (like the rest of the Cowboys). What a waste of an active roster spot tonight.

  54. conormacleod says: Sep 5, 2012 9:35 PM

    I’m sure extra padding will keep his organs safe. That’s why QB’s never get hurt!

  55. psdaleno says: Sep 5, 2012 9:36 PM

    is it just me or has the game tonight been totally smooth with no blown calls and no delays?!!!? these replacement refs have done pretty good!

  56. bobonmycob says: Sep 5, 2012 10:21 PM

    Where ya at big blue?! You guys are getting owned by the Cowboys :D warms my heart. I told you earlier tonight I would be LMAO if Dallas wins… Let’s see what happens!

  57. sythe1987 says: Sep 6, 2012 12:25 AM

    First of all as a Cowboys fan i admire Wittens resolve. Stupid but admirable. He shoulda sat. Glad hes still alive. Secondly, suck it giants fans!

  58. bluebongzilla says: Sep 6, 2012 8:30 AM

    “Without the Mara family the Cowboys and the NFL as we know it would not exist. ”

    Oh well then, by all means let’s excuse the “fortunate son” for everything he does, including trying to get an unfair competitive advantage over two division opponents in a back room somewhere rather than on the field.

  59. bluebongzilla says: Sep 6, 2012 8:33 AM

    “Good luck putting up 41 against JPP, OSI and Tuck”

    Did they even play last night?

  60. daysend564 says: Sep 6, 2012 11:47 AM

    @bluebongzilla

    I know Tuck played, Murray tossed him aside like a ragdoll and then ran up the field for 48 yards. Tuck sat on the sideline the remainder of the game with bruised ego. He needs a sandwich.

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