Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten will not need surgery to repair his spleen injury he suffered in the opening preseason game, a positive side of things knowing that Tony Romo’s bread and butter guy won’t miss the entire season.
“It’s feeling a lot better than it was,” Witten said Thursday. “Every day I feel better, but still there’s a lot of uncertainty out there for me. Again, I’ve just got to let it heal up, and I’m sure we’ll evaluate it next week and see where we’re at and go from there.”
Although Witten’s process is moving in a positive direction, his return to action is still up in the air on whether or not he’ll be live and in color against the defending champs on Sept. 5th. The same for Miles Austin (hamstring) like Witten will miss the rest of the preseason nursing his injury with hopes of being ready for the season opener. Dez Bryant has been hit with the injury bug as well, but not as serious as Witten’s or Austin’s as a recent knee injury turned out to be nothing more than patella tendinitis for the star receiver. Center Phil Costa is expected to miss his third straight preseason game with a back ailment. But left guard Nate Livings is looking to take his first snaps against the St. Louis Rams this weekend after returning to practice this week from a hamstring injury.
First round draft pick Morris Claiborne finally got on the field for the teams second preseason game to play on the opposite side of Brandon Carr, a top free agent cornerback the Cowboys signed who had two interceptions in the Cowboys 28-20 loss to the San Diego Chargers. Carr’s performance was one of the very slim positive things the team has seen this summer. Most of the news has been about off the field drama, injuries and uncertainty surrounding the team heading into the regular season. And team owner and general manager Jerry Jones has made it clear that he’s not looking for outside help at the current moment concerning the injuries at multiple positions.
The Cowboys have one more preseason games and hopefully after the last, the Cowboys will have enough in place and be ready to take on the defending champs without a slew of injuries and setbacks.