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August 23, 2012

Witten says feeling better is a positive, but 'still a lot of uncertainty out there right now for me'

Tight end Jason Witten said he is still on ‘idle mode’ and starting to feel better, but, ‘There’s still a lot of uncertainty out there right now for me.”

Thursday marked been 10 days since Witten suffered a lacerated spleen in the Aug. 13 preseason game against Oakland. The Cowboys said he would need to be idle for seven to 10 days to give the spleen a chance to heal without surgery.

“Feeling better, feeling a lot better than I was,” Witten said Thursday after the Cowboys’ open practice at Cowboys Stadium. He spoke to reporters for a moment on the field. “Every day I feel better. Still, there’s a lot of uncertainty out there right now for me. Again, just got to let it heal up. I’m sure we’ll evaluate it next week, see where we’re at and go from there.”

No one knows yet whether Witten will be ready for the season opener against the New York Giants. It is in less than two weeks.

“For me, nothing’s changed,” Witten said. “I’m starting to feel better, which is a positive for me. But again, I’m still on idle mode right now. Just see where it’s at next week.”

Witten said being on the sideline remains a humbling experience.

"It's been tough," he said. "All you can do right now. Take it a day at a time. We'll find out soon enough."

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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