Witten closer to doing on-field work

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Two weeks ago, the entire 2012 season of Cowboys tight end Jason Witten was in doubt, after suffering an injury to his spleen during a preseason game against the Raiders.

Witten most likely won’t need surgery, and now he’s getting closer to returning to action.

Cowboys executive V.P. Stephen Jones tells 105.4 The Fan in Dallas that Witten is due to have another check-up with physicians next week.  In the interim, Witten will engage in more strenuous activity as he continues to recover.

He has been working with resistance cords on the side during practice on Monday.  Jones said that, come Thursday, Witten “will do some good work on the field.”  While there will be no contact, he will “work to max-out his body.”

The goal remains for Witten to return to action in Week Two, when the Cowboys travel to Seattle.  But he hasn’t been ruled out for next Wednesday’s opener against the Giants.

“I don’t think we’ve determined that yet,’’ Jones said.  “It’s something that is ongoing.’’

The mere possibility that Witten could play in Week One is a major positive, given that not long ago it looked like Witten may not play in Week One, Two, Three, and the rest through 17.

18 responses to “Witten closer to doing on-field work

  1. Not a Cowboys fan by any means but glad to see this wasn’t as serious as it could have been. Plus, from a football perspective, this would make the opener much more interesting.

  2. Giants’ fan here hoping Witten gets well soon. Bones and muscles heal. Even though I have no earthly idea what a spleen does, when you’re talking about vital organs, that’s no joke.

    Hope to see you week one!!

  3. He should get a second opinion outside TX!

    2 weeks ago he need surgery and was most likely out for the entire season, now he will “work to max-out his body.”

    This isn’t an ACL or PTL, this could cost him his life…….. doesn’t seem to be very PLAYER SAFE………….more we have “no one to catch the ball get out there.”

  4. This positive development for one of the good guys of the NFL will make a bunch of people mad. Watch.

  5. Adam Schein who does a Sirius/XM show on the NFL channel picks the Jets to go 9-7, and Dallas to go 7-9. Am I the only one thinking this is a little odd?

  6. skins fan here and Im glad he’s lookin better and working towards week 1. the wins we get over the girls this year just wouldn’t be as sweet if j-dog missed them! 😉

  7. @ eaglesfan290

    You are an Eagle fan, so I guess I shouldn’t expect you to get it right. NEVER did any reports say he needed immediate surgery. What the reports DID say was that after rest, if the re-evaluation showed his spleen was still bleeding, THEN surgery was going to be required. He had a “slight” tear in his spleen, and it healed up on his own.

    As far as your last line in your comment of its “more we have “no one to catch the ball get out there.”, you are well off-base, as Austin, Bryant, Ogletree, Beasley, Harris, and Cole (the projected 6 WR’s to make the team) should all be available to play. Not to mention, Phillips AND Hanna will also be available, and the way Hanna has developed, he likely will turn out to be a true steal as a 6th round pick.

    I don’t think Witten will ultimately play, but he is as tough as they come, and if he is cleared by the medical staff, and he is feeling good enough to go, it will be very hard to keep him off the field.

    You have enough of your own concerns (eg, Vick and his balsa wood ribs) to be worried about a player from a division rival , don’t you think?

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