Jason Witten hopes to avoid surgery

Updated: August 16, 2012, 9:33 PM ET
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com

OXNARD, Calif. -- Jason Witten wondered if his season was over before it ever began when doctors told the Dallas Cowboys' star tight end that he had a lacerated spleen.

Speaking to reporters three days after suffering the injury, Witten remained hopeful that he will not need surgery, which indefinitely would sideline the seven-time Pro Bowler.

An operation is a possibility depending on how Witten fares in an examination in a week to 10 days, when the Cowboys return to Dallas.

"Initially ...

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