Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is the latest player to be hit by the injury bus after this weekend. ESPN reports that Witten is currently receiving treatment for two sprained ankles and a sprained knee. The Cowboys aren’t certain that he’ll be available for their home game Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, ESPN’s Ed Werder reported.
Witten has been known to have a high pain tolerance throughout his career and this situation is no different. In fact, he insisted on playing in the 2012 season opener against the New York Giants after suffering a ruptured spleen in the preseason, according to Ed Werder.
Dallas has been hit with a lot of injuries lately — one big one against Philadelphia on Sunday that took QB Tony Romo out of the game and will leave him sidelined for at least eight weeks as was reported by Salute Magazine’s Dustin Brown. Then there’s the situation with Dez Bryant, who broke a bone in his foot in Week One against the Giants. Bryant could return anywhere in the next four to eight weeks, or it could be as long as 10-12 weeks according to ESPN. Witten was one of a trio of players that Dallas was relying on to replace Bryant while he was recovering.
Cowboys’ head coach Jason Garrett downplayed Witten’s injuries in Monday’s injury update. He told Dallascowboys.com that Witten should be OK after the sprained both of his ankles and his knee and how he was proud that he was able to finish the game.
“We feel good that he’s going to be able to do something in practice this week,” Garrett said. “We think he did a great job fighting through it yesterday,” via dallascowboys.com.
Witten does have a reputation of being an ironman and not allowing an injury to slow him down or take him out of a game. Ed Werder states that Witten’s 133 consecutive starts rank first among active NFL tight ends, and only Houston Texans punter Shane Lechler (208) have played in more consecutive games than the 189 straight he has appeared in for the Cowboys, according to ESPN Stats & Information.