News broke earlier this week that Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten suffered a lacerated spleen after a hit from Oakland's Rolando McClain during the last preseason game, that will result in him missing the rest of the preseason and perhaps the season opener against the New York Giants. The injury caused internal bleeding, but for now, it is not believed that it will require surgery.
“I’ll say it like this,” Tuck told me. “I wouldn’t mind if he misses our game, but you definitely don’t want to wish for anything but the best for your opponents in the NFL. Jason’s been a staple in that offense in the NFL. We do wish him a speedy recovery. (Pause) Hopefully it comes the week after we play them.”
Witten has certainly hurt the Giants in previous matchups, so it comes as no surprise that Tuck would respond the way he did. Witten has been Tony Romo's most reliable target throughout his career. His absence for the season opener would certainly help the Giants cause.
But Tuck was chuckling while he spoke, and surely he hopes Witten recovers quickly. Like last preseason for the Giants, the Cowboys are experiencing more injuries than other teams. Luckily, Giants General Manager Jerry Reese is one of the best in the NFL, and did/does a great job building depth throughout the Giants' roster. Tuck talked about how his team dealt with last season's injuries.
“You just gotta have guys that are willing to step up,” Tuck said. “Our GM and his staff do a great job stacking our roster, and not just our ones. We feel confident in our twos. We have starters in our twos. I think that was the biggest thing for, guys came in, stepped up and played great ball while the injured guys were out.“
We will see if the Cowboys can battle through their injuries the same way the Giants did last season.
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