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.
This isn't meant to be a shot at Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, who has been one of the best consumate professionals this franchise has seen in years and has constantly proven that he is a battle-tested warrior up for pretty much anything the team asks of him.
But this time, he's going too far.
After suffering a lacerated spleen in the preseason and fortunately avoiding surgery that probably would've ended his season, Witten really wants to get on the field for tonight's season opener against the New York Giants — like really badly.
So much so, in fact, that Witten is reportedly willing to sign a waiver that woud clear the team and its doctors of any liability if he were to re-injure himself, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Mortensen added that the team would not accept any such waiver.
This would be a terrible idea on both sides — Witten for putting himself at risk, and the Cowboys for possibly losing one of their biggest leaders and best players. It just makes too much sense to sit Witten this week unless there is absolutely no doubt he's 100 percent, which clearly isn't the case considering he's listed as doubtful on the injury report. The Cowboys have more than a week before they travel to Seattle on Sept. 16.
Let him get to 100 percent, then put him on the field. Appreciate the enthusiasm, Witten, but let logic take over in this case.