IRVING, Texas – The more practice reps and playing time Jason Witten gets, the more the Cowboys tight end said he expects to get back to his normal self.
Witten, who had two catches for 10 yards against the New York Giants on Sept. 5, nearly missed the season opener because of a lacerated spleen he suffered in a preseason game against the Oakland Raiders on Aug. 13.
The seven-time Pro Bowler was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice and said in the locker room after that he feels good. Witten will continue to wear an additional pad to protect the previously injured area.
“I guess you can never say never as far as always (being) 100 percent,” Witten said, “but I think it’s one of those deals where you don’t know when those situations are going to come up. I’ve got padding there. I’m going to do those things, but the good news is unlike an ankle or a hamstring or some things where it can linger in there for weeks this is something that I feel good when I’m out there practicing and running around.
“I don’t see any setbacks that will get in the way here and (I can) go back to being the normal self, get to practice and get the stuff going for a big game this week.”