The Cowboys say that if tight end Jason Witten is offering to sign a waiver to absolve them of any liability in case he suffers health consequences from playing with an injured spleen, that’s an offer they’re going to refuse.
Cowboys Vice President Stephen Jones, son of owner Jerry Jones, told 105.3 The Fan in Dallas that the Cowboys wouldn’t accept Witten signing a waiver.
“I haven’t heard anything about him wanting to sign a waiver, nor would we want him to,” Jones said. “So that’s not in the cards. That’s news to me. We’re gathering information here today and we’ll make a decision right there at game time.”
If Witten wants to sign a waiver to get on the field, then he obviously badly wants to play. But Jones’s approach is correct: The Cowboys should make their decision on Witten’s status based on whether Witten is healthy enough to play, not whether he’s willing to let the team off the hook if he suffers a more serious injury.