EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Jason Witten caught only two passes for 10 yards Wednesday night, but it might have been one of the most memorable games the seven-time Pro Bowler has played.
Cleared just 23 days after suffering a lacerated spleen at Oakland, Witten played in the 140th straight game of his career by making it out to the regular-season opener against the New York Giants. A specialist in New York gave the Cowboys the clearance for Witten to play.
“I tried to keep my composure pretty good,” Witten said when he found out he was cleared, “but I was like a kid on Christmas day, to say the least.”
Unofficially, Witten lined up for 49 plays -- not including his work on the field-goal team -- and he sat out of just one full series, which came in the first half. He wore a pad for extra protection.
“I felt like it was out of my hands a little bit, but I think this is something I’ll remember,” Witten said. “I think this is what you’re supposed to do, go out there in three weeks and gut it out and go play. Definitely some areas I can clean up on my game, but I’m glad to be able to be out there and play.”
Witten insisted after the game that he felt good -- and not just because of the adrenaline from the victory.
“There’s not a lot you can do with (the pain),” Witten said. “I felt pretty good. Obviously the times you’re blocking (Jason Pierre-Paul) it’s not the easiest thing in the world to do, but it felt good. We’re excited to get the win and now there’s 10 days to get healthy and get on to Seattle.”