He suffered the injury during the Cowboys first preseason game with the Oakland Raiders on August 13. The initial timetable for his recovery -- four-to-six weeks -- would have cost at least the first two games of the regular season, if not the whole season, if surgery was required.
Instead, Witten will be a game-time decision for the Cowboys opening day game against the New York Giants on September 5, the first game of the 2012 NFL season.
Over the last eight seasons, Witten has missed only two regular season games while becoming one of the most dependable pass-catching targets in the NFL. In 2011, he had 79 catches, 942 yards and 5 TDs.
For a Dallas offense that has struggled with consistency, his steady hands and blocking ability could be a huge asset in their game against the defending Super Bowl champions.