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August 23, 2012

Witten to see doctor on Tuesday to get update on spleen and possible timetable on return

By Clarence E. Hill Jr.

Arlington _ Cowboys tight end Jason Witten will visit the doctor on Tuesday to get an update on his recovery from a lacerated spleen and possibly get a firmer grasp on his availability for the Sept. 5 season opener against the New York Giants.

"The most recent update on Witten is everything is going fairly well with him," coach Jason Garrett said. "Obviously it’s a very serious injury that he has. The doctors have seen all of his tests, his blood work all throughout the process and he’s scheduled to see another doctor on Tuesday, and hopefully we can get an OK from that, but this is all normal within the process of what we thought right from the outset. But everything has come back positive for him and we’re hopeful that he can return sooner rather than later."

Witten was injured in the preseason opener against the Raiders Aug. 13. He has not practiced or done much of anything since. He was told to rest and be as still as possible to let the spleen heal.

Garrett said everything has been positive about his recovery, as doctors have reviewed his blood work on an almost daily basis.

Witten, who has been ruled out of the last two preseason games, is hopeful of returning for the opener. Garrett said the doctors will make the final decision.

"I don’t want to get into the specifics of that, but everything he’s done up to this point has been positive," Garrett said. " He’s feeling better, the blood work has come back positive for us, meaning it’s good, and he’s going to see this doctor on Tuesday, so we’ll get a further update at that point about how do we go forward."

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