Sunday, September 23, 2012
Jason Witten doesn't talk after tough day
By Tim MacMahon
ARLINGTON, Texas – Words apparently can’t describe how Jason Witten feels after playing what could be described as the worst game of his potential Hall of Fame career for the second consecutive week.
Witten didn’t make himself available to the media after the Cowboys’ 16-10 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, exiting the locker room through a back door as the postgame access period opened and sending a member of the team’s equipment staff to get his clothes from his locker.
Witten’s stat line: two catches for 8 yards, two false start penalties, one sack allowed and two or three drops, depending on how harsh one wants to judge on one ball thrown high and behind him over the middle.
Witten has served as a stand-up spokesman throughout his 10-year career with the Cowboys. That included last week, when the tight end made no excuses after his three-drop performance in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
The last time Witten didn’t talk after a game was following the Cowboys’ win over the San Francisco 49ers on Nov. 23, 2008, when he took a vicious hit to his already broken ribs. That game is best remembered for Terrell Owens being “unleashed” for 213 receiving yards days after he criticized Jason Garrett’s play-calling.