Though original reports said he’d be doubtful, the Cowboys now feel that Jason Witten will be a game time call for their week 1 clash against the Giants next Wednesday, according to the Cowboys’ official website. Witten lacerated his spleen in the Cowboys’ 2nd preseason game against the Raiders, but took it easy for a few days and it healed without surgery. Witten is now trying to work his way back for the Cowboys’ early week 1 game and it sounds like things are going well. Witten, one of the toughest and most durable players in the league, hasn’t missed a game since 2003, his rookie year, when he missed only one game with a broken jaw.
Even if Witten doesn’t end up suiting up week 1, this is very good news. It very likely means that Witten will miss one game max and it sounds like he will almost definitely be out there week 2, actually 11 days after their week 1 opener against the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants. An incredibly consistent producer, Witten has between 64 catches for 754 yards and 96 catches for 1145 yards in every season since 2004 and is averaging 5.16 catches for 59.07 yards and 0.31 touchdowns per game in that time period. Over 15 games, that’s 77 catches for 886 yards and 5 touchdowns. That’s not a bad year at all. You can safely draft him as your TE1 in fantasy. Even if he misses one game, tight end is a deep enough position that you can pick someone up off waivers for just one game and get decent production.
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