Cowboys All Pro tight end Jason Witten, arguably the second-most important player on offense behind quarterback Tony Romo, is out indefinitely with a spleen injury. But the news could have been worse.
Witten initially wondered whether his season was over when doctors told him he had a lacerated spleen. But Witten, speaking to reporters today for the first time since suffering the injury, said he’s hoping to avoid surgery and thus return as soon as possible.
“Initially when they said we need to talk about it, I was a little worried of how long it could be," Witten said Thursday, per ESPNDallas.com. “Obviously being hopeful to not having to have surgery, I thought sooner than later. That's a positive sign. Yeah, I was concerned, but ultimately we got good news from that standpoint."
There’s still no telling whether Witten will be available for the Cowboys’ regular season opener against the Giants on Sept. 5 at MetLife Stadium.
Witten has to remain idle to help the laceration close. He has watched the Cowboys’ walkthrough practices the last two days and will travel with the team for tomorrow’s preseason game in San Diego.
Witten was examined on Tuesday after experiencing worse than normal soreness from a hit by Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain in Monday night’s preseason opener.
As for when he returns, Witten isn’t positive.
“Like (trainers) have said, just take it a day at a time,” he said. “Obviously, I'd be hard-pressed to imagine not being out there against the Giants. But there's no timetable right now."