OXNARD CA - AUGUST 14: Tight end Jason Witten #82 talks with quarterback Tony Romo #9 during Dallas Cowboys Training Camp at the Marriott Residence Inn Oxnard River Ridge on August 14 2010 in Oxnard California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Cowboys tight end Jason Witten will avoid surgery, but is questionable for week one. We break down the fantasy implications.
Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten has missed most of training camp with a lacerated spleen, but the good news is that Adam Schefter reports that he won't need surgery. However, at this time he is still questionable to be ready in time for the season opener against the Giants on September 5th. Witten has played in all but on game of his nine year career.
Fantasy Implications: Despite the consistency of some NFL players, we saw as with Peyton Manning last year that they are still human and capable of getting hurt. Witten hasn't missed a game since his rookie season in 2003 and hasn't missed a start since 2006. He's one of the most consistent players in the NFL, but at this point fantasy owners should draft him as a backup option if they want to be safe. It would be very hard to predict how long a spleen injury could sideline the Cowboys tight end.