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June 12, 2012

'Judge Witten,' free of jury duty, makes it in time for the last 90 minutes of Cowboys practice

Jason Witten could have stayed home after his day of jury duty ended before lunch.

But he didn’t even think about it.

“No, of course not,” he said. “I just watched the New York Giants go celebrate at the White House.”

So the seven-time Pro Bowl tight end drove from Denton County, where he had been in a jury pool since Monday, to Valley Ranch, got his uniform, and got on the field in time for the last 90 minutes of practice Tuesday as the Cowboys opened a three-day minicamp.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett praised Witten for his commitment, even though he was excused from the mandatory practice.

“When I talked to him yesterday, it was killing him. It was killing him,” Garrett said. “He is a good citizen, and he respects the judicial process. But he wanted to be here and practice more.”

Witten impressed his teammates, too, but they didn’t let him go without some kidding.

 “I got called a judge a few times,” he said.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones smiled, too.

“Judge Witten. He had to do what we all have to do when called upon,” Jones said. “But it was good to see him back out here. our team needs him around.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez



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