Jason Witten will be out with a spleen injury, likely for the rest of the preseason and possibly longer, according to ESPN.
If surgery is not required, Witten is expected to miss up to three weeks but likely would be available against the Giants. But if the bleeding continues and he needs surgery, Witten would be sidelined indefinitely, the source said.
We don’t know what the Cowboys offense would look like without Jason Witten, who just turned 30. He hasn’t missed a game since 2003. Statistically, 2011 may have been Witten’s worst in the last 5 years, and he still racked up 79 catches, 942 yards, 5 TDs, and 47 first downs. There isn’t much behind Witten. John Phillips was looking like he might become a really nice compliment to Witten, when he tore his ACL during the 2010 preseason. I think that was a bigger blow to the team than most people realize. Post injury, Phillips has yet to show the promise he once had, although now that he is a couple years removed from the ACL tear, this could be the year. The Cowboys also drafted James Hanna in the 6th round. Obviously any sort of dropoff from Witten to Phillips or Hanna would be enormous.
This would be a devastating injury for the Cowboys if Witten misses any sort of extended time.
UPDATE: The injury will not require surgery.