Jason Witten isn’t idle anymore


Cowboys tight end Jason Witten will find out a bit more about his chances of playing in the season opener when he visits a doctor Tuesday to see how his spleen is healing.

Witten didn’t wait for that appointment to get back on the practice field, though. Witten, forced to remain idle for a long spell after he lacerated the organ during the team’s first preseason game, worked out on the side while the rest of the team went through a full session on Monday.

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Witten worked out with resistance cords with the team’s trainers. It’s a long way from resistance cords to Sept. 5 at the Meadowlands, but the journey’s got to start somwhere. Reports last week indicated that Witten was more likely to return to action in the second week of the season, but he and the team are still holding out hope that Witten will be able to play against the Giants. Tuesday’s doctor visit will likely bring the chances of that happening into fuller focus.

With the game just over a week away, the Cowboys still don’t know whether Witten, Miles Austin and center Phil Costa will be able to play. It’s probably enough to make them wonder if they can come up with a list of rules for every offensive starter to follow in order to keep them on the field.