SAN DIEGO – Jason Witten is used to skipping preseason games, but usually it's just the final game before the regular season begins.
On Saturday, Witten was forced to be a spectator in the Dallas Cowboys’ 28-20 loss to the San Diego Chargers because of a lacerated spleen he suffered Aug. 13 at Oakland.
“Never want to experience that again,” Witten said as he left the locker room after sitting out.
He will have to experience that at least two more times in the preseason, but his goal is to be ready for the Sept. 5 regular-season opener at the New York Giants. He will be re-evaluated after the team returns to Dallas on Wednesday, but in the meantime he has to be still and idle as much as possible.
With the Cowboys scheduled to practice Monday and Tuesday against the Chargers, Witten could be confined to the team’s hotel to make sure he takes it easy.