Jason Witten Injury: Latest on Cowboys Star's Lacerated Spleen

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IAugust 22, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 24:  Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Great news for the Dallas Cowboys: Jason Witten will not need surgery on his injured spleen.

UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 12:30 p.m. ET by Alex Kay

Nick Eatman of the True Blue Fanclub is reporting that Witten is still being listed as doubtful on the Dallas Cowboys injury report.

Jay Ratliff not playing. Ruled out for the game. Jason Witten is doubtful. Mike Jenkins questionable.

— Nick Eatman (@nickeatman) September 4, 2012

This isn't a surprise, as Witten is reportedly undergoing a CT scan today to see if he can get cleared in time for Wednesday night's 8:30 p.m. ET kickoff against the New York Giants.

If he passes the tests, which is doubtful to happen if you believe the the injury report, Witten said he will suit up, according to the Associated Press (via The Wall Street Journal).

"If I get cleared, we're playing. It's the only way I believe you can approach the game," said Witten, who was then asked if he was optimistic about getting cleared.

Keep it tuned here for the latest updates on the tight end's status before the season opener.


UPDATE: Friday, August 31 at 5:10 p.m. ET by Alex Hall

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that Witten has yet to receive medical clearance to play in the Cowboys' season opener against the New York Giants on Sept. 5, tweeting:

After meeting with several medical specialists this week, doctors still have not cleared Dallas TE Jason Witten to pla… say.ly/zqc450U

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 31, 2012


In the extended version of Schefter's tweet, he explains that Dallas' tight end will not be reevaluated until early next week and that the chances of him playing against the G-Men are "not good."

With no medical clearance and just five days until the opening game, it would be surprising to see Witten suit up in anything more than street clothes for this contest.

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UPDATE: Friday, August 31 at 12:20 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

The Cowboys appear to be leaning towards keeping Jason Witten out of the season opener against the New York Giants on September 5.

Jerry Jones made the following statement on Friday while speaking on KRLD 105.3 FM The Fan. Per Carlos Mendez of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Jones said, "If we can gain on it, in this case gain another 10 days at least before we played Seattle – which would be no contact here for the Giants game – there’s almost 27 days difference."

The Cowboys play the Giants on a Wednesday, but they're Week 2 matchup with the Seahawks is on a Sunday. Holding Witten out of the Week 1 game will give his lacerated spleen significantly more time to heal.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, August 29 at 2:20 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Jason Witten is living up to his tough-guy image and he is reportedly recovering faster than expected from his lacerated spleen.

Fox Sports' Mike Fisher quoted Cowboys' vice president Stephen Jones, who said the following to 105.3 The Fan.

He had a good appointment (Tuesday with doctors). Things are progressing. It’s certainly starting to look (like surgery will not be needed). He’ll go back for another appointment next week and see where it sits.

Fisher alos notes that Witten will be allowed to take part in non-contact activities, and that no decision has been made on his status for the team's first regular season game.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter busted out the news via his Twitter feed. 

Cowboys doctors informed TE Jason Witten he will not need surgery for lacerated spleen. @jasonwitten is questionable for opener vs. NYG.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 22, 2012

Schefter adds in this article that the surgery would have ended Witten's season, according to a source.

As Schefter informs us, Witten is looking toward the season opener to return to action, but that Week 2 is a more likely target date. 

He also points out that the "bleeding in Witten's spleen has subsided, and doctors believe it now will heal on its own."

Wait...the bleeding has subsided just now? This happened back in the Cowboys' August 13 game with the Raiders. His spleen has been bleeding this whole time? No wonder they were considering surgery.

Let's put the trivial details of internal bleeding aside now to reiterate how important this news is for the Cowboys. 

With Dez Bryant and Miles Austin both nursing injuries—and both looking increasingly injury prone combined with the fact they don't have a single proven wide receiver behind them—Witten, who has missed only one game in his 10-year career, is going to be counted on to bring his consistency and pass-catching ability on a weekly basis. 

The Cowboys can deal with him missing the opener, but having Witten lost for an entire season would have doomed this offense.