Jason Witten guts it out, feels good after win
September, 6, 2012
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com
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.
AP Photo/Bill KostrounPlaying just 23 days after suffering a lacerated spleen, Jason Witten had two catches for 10 yards against the Giants.
“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.
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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.”