If Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez sticks with his stated plan to retire this offseason, and if Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten can stay healthy, Witten will become the active Ironman of NFL tight ends in Week 4 of the 2014 season.
Witten has currently started in 115 consecutive games, just three behind Gonzalez. With 171 consecutive games played, Witten already leads all tight ends in that category by 50-plus.
Surprisingly, given the Cowboys’ recent struggles with the injury bug, Witten isn’t alone in his durability. Cornerback Brandon Carr has started 96 consecutive games, which is 30 more than any other corner in the league.
Had it not been for a quad injury last year, DeMarcus Ware would have been right there with Carr and Witten. Ware had played in each of the 134 games played by Dallas since he was drafted in 2005, until the quad forced him to miss the Week 7 win over the Eagles. He’d miss another two games before the season came to an end.
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