As if the Dallas Cowboys didn’t have enough trouble with losing wide receiver Dez Bryant and quarterback Tony Romo to injuries in consecutive weeks, now they may be without another star. Tight end Jason Witten is dealing with two sprained ankles, and that has made his status uncertain for Sunday’s game with the Atlanta Falcons.
ESPN’s Ed Werder said that Witten is receiving treatment for two sprained ankles and also a sprained knee. There is no certainty that he will be available to play against the Falcons for Sunday’s home game per a source to Werder.
“[Witten] will be day-to-day all week, but he’s not a lock [to play] at this point.”
After Sunday’s victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, Witten addressed his multiple injuries and simply said they were “just some bumps and bruises. Typical football stuff. I’ll be fine.” SB Nation said that Witten is insistent on playing and says nothing will keep him from the field.
The problem is that one can’t play football if the person can barely walk.
Jason Witten has long been known for having a high tolerance for pain, but the Dallas Cowboys won’t risk further injury to him, especially this early in the season. He has only missed one game during his career and it was early on with a broken jaw.
Mind you, Witten insisted on playing in the season opener against the New York Giants. This was after the star tight end had ruptured his spleen during the preseason.
If Jason Witten can’t play against the Falcons on Sunday, the Cowboys will go with backup tight end Gavin Escobar as third-stringer James Hanna is also out. That would put the Cowboys without three of their top offensive stars since Romo and Bryant are scheduled to be out for the long-term.
Dallas has been looking at a few free agent wide receivers and free agent quarterbacks, but they’ve also been approached by old players. Wide receiver Terrell Owens has actually had his agent reach out to the Cowboys to see if they would be interested in signing him so he could help out due to all of their injuries.
The losses of Tony Romo and Dez Bryant are huge for the Dallas Cowboys, but the additional loss of Jason Witten would be devastating, even if just for one game. Witten isn’t out yet, and Sunday is a long way away, but he’s pretty banged up and nothing is known at this time.
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