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August 31, 2012

Jerry Jones says Cowboys considering benefit of holding Witten until Seattle

Jerry Jones said for the first time publicly what the Cowboys might have been thinking for a while with Jason Witten – holding him out until the Seattle game.

“If we can gain on it, in this case gain another 10 days at least before we played Seattle – which would be no contact here for the Giants game – there’s almost 27 days difference,” Jones said on his Friday morning radio show on KRLD 105.3 FM The Fan.

If the Cowboys held Witten out until the Seattle game, he would have had 26 days to heal the lacerated spleen he suffered in the Aug. 13 preseason game against Oakland. At the time, the Cowboys believed he would need two to three weeks to recover without surgery. The Cowboys learned this week that surgery is not necessary right now.

“There’s a judgment issue here, and there are some standards that might or might not apply to someone that is in the physical shape, but do apply to someone that has the risk that a tight end, especially Jason Witten, would create to his spleen,” Jones said.

Jones said Witten’s injury was a 1 on a scale of 5 and did not have complications.

“He is working out. He’ll be working out, I’m sure, today,” Jones said. “You know Jason. Boy, I don’t know on or off the field, football or non-football, that I’ve ever seen anybody as driven as Jason Witten. How he plays is how he is. And he won’t take no for an answer.”

But Jones said Witten will not be allowed on the field until it is perfectly safe.

“Obviously, we’re here to win the ballgames, but not at the cost of the literal well-being of any individual,” Jones said.

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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