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Jason Witten ducks out on reporters after another bad day

Dallas Cowboys tight end Witten is unable to make the catch after bobbling the football during the fourth quarter of their NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle, Washington Reuters

As strange as the sight of Jason Witten dropping things was the move he pulled after the Cowboys game.

The normally accountable, normally sure-handed tight end was nowhere to be seen after he dropped three passes and committed two false starts in the Cowboys win over the Bucs, according to Jimmy Burch of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

It continued an uncharacteristic start for Witten, who entered the game tied for the league lead in dropped passes.

“I think Witten has probably got the fewest drops of about anybody we’ve ever had around here, so I’m not [concerned],” owner Jerry Jones said.

Of course, if Witten’s not himself, he should get a little latitude. He suffered a lacerated spleen in the preseason, from which he came back quicker than many expected.

Asked if Witten was 100 percent healthy, Jones replied: “I think he is. So we in no way are going to do anything that doesn’t give Witten all the chances we can give him.”

Witten also missed some key blocks, one of which led to a sack-forced fumble. Through three games, he has just eight catches for 76 yards, with no touchdowns.

“Jason has played at the highest of levels and he’s still playing that way,” quarterback Tony Romo said. “If this is tough on Jason right now, he’s been so good for so long that a play doesn’t define anything for him.”

One game can be a fluke, and two might be a coincidence. But if Witten keeps playing like someone who is not Jason Witten, it’s not going to be too many weeks before it’s a trend.

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21 Responses to “Jason Witten ducks out on reporters after another bad day”
  1. iamcline says: Sep 24, 2012 8:05 AM

    Martellus Bennett approves of this article.

  2. gorilladunk says: Sep 24, 2012 8:07 AM

    I think the performance over the past two weeks must really be eating at him. He’s usually a stand-up guy, so not talking to the media was totally out of character. He’s been the most reliable player on the team over the past 7 seasons or so, but the penalties have become an issue since last season.

  3. rollerino1 says: Sep 24, 2012 8:12 AM

    He’s still hurting.

  4. amaf21 says: Sep 24, 2012 8:22 AM

    Like I said, he’s playing scared. He should just sit until he’s healthy rather than potentially costing his team a W and embarrassing himself in the process.

  5. cowboys8819 says: Sep 24, 2012 8:27 AM

    He will bounce back, he’s probably getting used to all the protection he’s wearing under his pads.

  6. bluebongzilla says: Sep 24, 2012 8:28 AM

    Witten is either playing hurt or he’s playing scared. His focus is definitely affected. But he’s Jason Witten, consummate professional and all-Universe TE so he’ll be OK.

  7. east96st says: Sep 24, 2012 8:39 AM

    No question that Witten is a HOFer. But to all the Dallas trolls that mocked the Giants for signing Bennett to a one year deal, I’m guessing that 15 recs for 185 yards and 3 TDs is looking pretty good right now.

  8. n0hopeleft says: Sep 24, 2012 8:59 AM

    Martellus Bennet > Jason Witten

    The stats don’t lie.

  9. angrycorgi says: Sep 24, 2012 8:59 AM

    Part of the problem is the extra body protection he’s wearing right now that stiffens him up and limits his range. But even with that issue, there are a couple drops that were right in his hands and required no extension. Now the sack-fumble in question is partly Doug Free’s fault. Witten was in to “help” Free and instead Free let him take on Bennett unassisted. I don’t know ANY TEs that are going to block Bennett 1-on-1.

  10. chancejlara says: Sep 24, 2012 9:33 AM

    There isn’t one cowboys fan who misses martellus Bennett. He could catch 20 td’s this year and we still won’t miss him. Giants fans will be glad it’s only a one year deal by the end of the season. Looks like Tarzan plays like Jane, and get used to the butterfingers.

  11. cardmagnet says: Sep 24, 2012 9:34 AM

    I think the spleen injury did more mental damage than physical. Seems like he just can’t shake it.

  12. Max says: Sep 24, 2012 9:42 AM

    His best friend is the Quarter-Back, although in recent years he has become one of the slowest starting TEs in the league, he is Romo’s buddy. So his spot is safe. Martellus Bennett is better, but he can’t go on Golf trips or Mexico vacations with Romo.

  13. east96st says: Sep 24, 2012 9:56 AM

    “He could catch 20 td’s this year and we still won’t miss him.”

    You blew all your credibility right there. The Giants do not rely on the TE for offense as much as Dallas does. NY’s TEs block first, catch second. If Bennett ends up with 20 TDs, that means NY won the NFC East. As for the playing “like Jane”, hasn’t happened yet. Doesn’t mean that it won’t, but so far, “Tarzan” is showing up at the games.

  14. bluebongzilla says: Sep 24, 2012 11:12 AM

    east96st says: Sep 24, 2012 8:39 AM

    “No question that Witten is a HOFer. But to all the Dallas trolls that mocked the Giants for signing Bennett to a one year deal, I’m guessing that 15 recs for 185 yards and 3 TDs is looking pretty good right now.”

    No doubt, but then again, so is 24-17 on opening night. In NJ. The story on Bennett is not written after three games and I personally would rather have current Witten over “new” MartyB all day every day.

  15. bluebongzilla says: Sep 24, 2012 11:16 AM

    “You blew all your credibility right there. The Giants do not rely on the TE for offense as much as Dallas does. NY’s TEs block first, catch second. If Bennett ends up with 20 TDs, that means NY won the NFC East”

    Really? Well he’s caught three so far and the Giants are in second place and if not for a miracle 25 point 4th quarter against the Bucs would be tied for last with the Redskins.

  16. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 24, 2012 11:50 AM

    I’m a Witeen fan and the only thing I can figure is that the drops are related to the serious injury he suffered in preseason. I think he tried to come back too soon in game one and now I really believe that’s true.

    The coach must play Phillips and Hanna more and reduce Witten’s play time just like they would for anyone else that is not getting it done. You owe it to the team.

  17. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 24, 2012 3:12 PM

    Thanks for letting us have Marty B. We got the better end of that deal. Witten is declining and Bennett isn’t even in his prime yet. Thanks again, Dallas.

  18. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 24, 2012 3:15 PM

    bluebongzilla says: Sep 24, 2012 11:12 AM

    east96st says: Sep 24, 2012 8:39 AM

    “No question that Witten is a HOFer. But to all the Dallas trolls that mocked the Giants for signing Bennett to a one year deal, I’m guessing that 15 recs for 185 yards and 3 TDs is looking pretty good right now.”

    No doubt, but then again, so is 24-17 on opening night. In NJ. The story on Bennett is not written after three games and I personally would rather have current Witten over “new” MartyB all day every day.
    —————

    Between you, Philly and Skins fans, I don’t know who’s worse when bragging about meaningless regular season games. As if beating the Giants is a portend for your future success.

    If that were true, would the Skins not fallen off the cliff otherwise, and finished 5-11, or the Eagles fall flat in the playoffs every year that they beat the Giants in the regular season? What’s going to be your recourse when the Giants win Week 8?

    Witten is declining, plain and simple. Bennett is better now because he has a BETTER QUARTERBACK.

  19. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 24, 2012 3:25 PM

    chancejlara says: Sep 24, 2012 9:33 AM

    There isn’t one cowboys fan who misses martellus Bennett. He could catch 20 td’s this year and we still won’t miss him. Giants fans will be glad it’s only a one year deal by the end of the season. Looks like Tarzan plays like Jane, and get used to the butterfingers.
    —————

    Haven’t seen it. Just sounded like sour grapes just like when Canty came here and you badmouthed him.

    Then he gets with an all world defensive line and line coach and helps spearhead a Super Bowl winning defensive front.

    One player we will never want, and you can keep, is Tony Romo.

  20. gammynomnom says: Sep 25, 2012 11:19 AM

    As far as Martellus goes, I don’t care what he does for the Giants, he wasn’t doing it for the Cowboys so I don’t miss him a bit
    As far as Witten goes, he will be fine the guy ruptured a spleen for gods sake. Regardless, he could retire right now and be a 1st ballot HOFer

  21. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 25, 2012 3:30 PM

    You may not care, but all Dallas fans do is flood Giants’ fans’ pages talking trash about Bennett, while he continues to prove Dallas wrong.

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