Jason Witten is going to have to get used to not doing much of anything if he wants to play in the season opener next month.
Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday that his seven-time Pro Bowl tight end sustained a “slightly lacerated” spleen in the exhibition opener Monday night against Oakland.
The best way for Witten to heal is to remain as inactive as possible.
“It’s a very serious injury and we’re really taking this thing day by day,” Garrett said. “... We’ve just got to make sure he heals as well as possible, as quickly as possible.”
Witten is expected to miss the rest of the exhibition season. The Cowboys open the season Sept. 5 at the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants.
Garrett said doctors will reassess Witten next week “after we’ve had a few days of him not doing anything.” Surgery would be an option if the spleen isn’t healing properly by then.
Witten apparently got hurt after he caught a pass from a scrambling Tony Romo and was immediately hit from the side by Oakland linebacker Rolando McClain. The play resulted in a 2-yard loss.
“Asking Wit to be still and idle is a hard thing, that’s the biggest challenge right now. But he has to do that, he just has to let time heal it,” Garrett said.
BRONCOS LB GUILTY
Jurors convicted Denver Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams of driving while ability-impaired and driving without headlights.
Williams, a first-round pick in 2006 out of Miami, was charged with driving under the influence and traffic charges from a November 2010 incident, but the jury returned the lesser verdicts after a trial that lasted less than a day.
Williams already is facing a six-game suspension for failing an offseason drug test.
Williams left court with his attorney without commenting. He wasn’t immediately sentenced.
It was not clear how the verdict might further affect Williams’ ability to play.
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