Cowboys TE Witten's status for Week One in jeopardy

Posted Aug. 15, 2012 @ 11:30 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Cowboys TE Jason Witten suffered a spleen injury in Monday night’s preseason game on a hit from Raiders LB Rolando McClain. Dan Patrick first reported the news on his radio show.

A source told Pro Football Talk that Witten will miss the rest of the preseason and his injury resulted in internal bleeding.

The 10-year veteran has not missed a game since his rookie season in 2003. Last season, he started every game and had 79 catches for 942 yards and five touchdowns. Nick Eatman, who writes for the Cowboys’ website, tweeted that his status for the regular-season opener is in jeopardy.

Fourth-year veteran John Phillips would likely start in Witten’s place. Phillips played in every game last year with seven starts and had 15 catches for 101 yards and one touchdown.

The way we see it

Losing Witten for any amount of time in the regular season would be a blow to the Cowboys’ passing game, which already is thin at wideout and relies on an injury-plagued Miles Austin. Witten’s backup the last four seasons, Martellus Bennett, is now with the Giants. Witten has been incredibly durable throughout his career and is one of QB Tony Romo’s top targets.