Jason Witten has spleen injury, might miss preseason


The Dallas Cowboys already were facing some Texas-sized problems concerning their offensive depth. Now they have a major new issue to worry about.

NFL.com and NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport confirmed Wednesday, citing a source with knowledge of the player's condition, that Cowboys tight end Jason Witten suffered a spleen injury and internal bleeding following a hit sustained in Monday night's preseason opener against the Oakland Raiders.

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Tests show that Witten's spleen isn't ruptured, however, and he will not need surgery, a team source told NFL.com and NFL Network reporter Albert Breer.

The tight end likely will miss the rest of the preseason, Rapoport reported.

The "Dan Patrick Show" first reported the injury. ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio also confirmed the news.

Garrett later confirmed the injury during his Wednesday news conference.

"It's a very serious injury, and we're really taking this day-by-day," Garrett said. "He has to be very still and idle for the next week to 10 days. You won't see him out on the practice field. We have to make sure he heals as well as possible and as quickly as possible."

The Cowboys have two great wide receivers with Dez Bryant and Miles Austin, but both players are injury-prone. The receiver position is very thin after that, which makes Witten's presence even more valuable than usual.

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