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Spleen Injury Forces Witten to be Idle

Witten out at least the next two games

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    Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys gets tackled by Matt Giordano #27 and Miles Burris #56 of the Oakland Raiders in the second quarter.

    Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday that tight end Jason Witten will be idle for at least two weeks while he recovers from a lacerated spleen.

    Witten's spleen was injured during the team's preseason game against the Oakland Raiders on Monday -- their first preseason game of the year.

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    During the recovery, Garrett said Witten will need to remain largely still so that the laceration gets smaller instead of larger. 

    If after a week to 10 days the laceration isn't healing properly, Garrett said surgery may be an option.

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    Witten, who is expected to miss at least the next two preseason games, though he may miss the entire preseason.